COLLEGE STUDENTS APPEAR IN COURT FOR PUBLIC VIOLENCE.
By: Nushera Raisa Soodyal
Fifty-four students appeared at Umzimkhulu Magistrates Court on Thursday on charges of violence, malicious damage and assault on police.
Students of Clydesdale FET College were released on Friday on warnings after it is alleged they had that they embarked on a protest that took place on Tuesday the 10 June.
The damage caused includes security guard rooms and fencing that were set alight, tires also set alight across the main entrance and the locking of the main gates that effectively left people unable to exit or enter the building.
The students allegedly stoned members of the Umzimkhulu SAPS, Port Shepstone Public Order Police (POP) and lecturers.
After the students were arrested a group of approximately 150 people including college students, members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the community converged in front of the police station.
“Should anyone engage in any unlawfulness, the police will not hesitate to enforce the law,” said Umzimkhulu SAPS Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Ruiters. He addressed the crowd and individuals that began that away until the entire group eventually dispersed without any further disruptions. The case was remanded to July 22.