The protest took place on Wednesday afternoon while other similar protests occurred at Witwatersrand University in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, and at the University of Pretoria. The students were opposing the 6% fee hike, demanding free higher education instead for 2016.
Chikane tweeted on Thursday that his wife, Kagiso, was accompanied by his other son Obi to the Mother City. He said there was a threat to charge Kgotsi and his fellow students on Thursday morning, adding he was working hard with unnamed leaders and lawyers to have them released.
“Kgotsi’s mother and his brother on board a flight to Cape Town to lend support to Kgotsi and his colleagues,” tweeted Chikane.
“Thanks to a team of lawyers who have been working on the matter overnight.” Although the majority of the students got released, Kgotsi and at least five or so other students spent the night in prison.”
Chikane did not indicate where his family was flying from.
Western Cape police could not be reached for comment.