70 UKZN STUDENTS APPEAR IN COURT
By: Nonkululeko Hlophe
Chaos erupted between police and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) students outside the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court, west of Durban where 70 students appeared.
The 70 students arrested are facing charges of public violence and for contravening a court order. The order prohibits them from protesting inside all UKZN campuses.
In support of their peers, other students protested and sang struggle songs outside the Edgewood campus for those who couldn’t go to the court.
South African Student Congress Chairperson in the province, Dumo Ntyinkala told Iziko News that the students did not know of a court interdict that prevented them from striking.
“Students were unaware of the interdict. The university needs to uplift all the exclusions against the returning students to enable them to register,” said Ntyinkala.
Captain Thulani Zwane said that the police are monitoring the situation outside the court and at the university’s campus.
The university’s spokesperson Lesiba Seshoko said in a statement that it was not aware of the reason for the protest as there had been no communication from students with university management.