Warren Mabona
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22 Oct 2015
12:07 pm

Chikane’s wife flies to Cape Town to support ‘arrested’ son

Warren Mabona

The wife of ANC veteran Reverend Frank Chikane has flown to Cape Town to support her son, Rekgotsofetse, who was either detained or arrested with other students during a protest against tuition fees increase outside parliament.

Reverend Frank Chikane arrives at a media briefing on 21 October 2013 in Pretoria where he spoke on the outcomes of talks between the City of Tshwane and Schubart Park residents. Picture: Christine Vermooten

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.