Seven released after Union Buildings protests as UCT and Wits suspend classes

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 26, 2015

Pretoria police have released six students and an informal trader arrested following Friday’s violent protest at the Union Buildings.

“The Prosecutor who attended at Sunnyside Police Station today advised the Police that there was no evidence linking any of the students or the informal trader to any offence,” Socio-economic Rights Institute (Seri) spokesperson, Nomzamo Zondo, told News24.

“Seri and our clients would like to acknowledge the Chief Prosecutor's prompt intervention and the integrity with which he discharged his function”.

Two camera men were also reported as having suffered injuries after protesting students hurled bottles and rocks at riot police, while President Jacob Zuma was addressing Vice-Chancellors in finding a solution to the ongoing protest against the Department of Higher Education’s planned six percent fee increase for 2016.

Zuma later announced that the increase had been scrapped with police continuing to fire rubber bullets as a small number of students continued to protest.

While the majority of universities are set to resume classes today, management at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced the suspension of all lectures with a similar action taking place at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).