South Africa 19.1.2016 08:16 am

Arrested protesters due in court on Tuesday

The scene outside UNISA where police stand ready as protests continue on 18 January 2016. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The scene outside UNISA where police stand ready as protests continue on 18 January 2016. Picture: Christine Vermooten

“From court, the shutdown will continue.”

Several students and workers from the University of South Africa (Unisa), who were arrested during the ongoing #feesmustfall protest action on Monday, are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

According to student leader, Neo Hlabirwa, three students and two staff members were arrested. “We will be in court to support our comrades, but from there on we will be going back to Unisa’s Sunnyside campus where we will continue with our shutdown.

“Similar protest action is also expected to continue at the University of Pretoria (UP), which was granted a second court interdict on Monday,” he said.

Responding to the media briefing called by Vice-Chancellors in Gauteng on Monday, where they expressed concern at the violent nature of the protests, Hlabirwa said they were just grandstanding.

“We will never take them serious because instead of them initiating talks with students, they rather go and address the media.

“We were also expecting to hear them say we want to meet with students to find an amicable solution to the protests, but instead they chose to shift the blame on us,” Hlabirwa said.

The Vice-Chancellors also called for the intervention of churches in the ongoing protests. Staff members from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Vanderbjilpark, managed to gain access to the campus on Tuesday morning after they were denied access on Monday.

All protesters have been demanding free tertiary education as well as the scrapping of outsourcing.-stevent@citizen.co.za

 

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