Attorneys called on to assist students arrested during protests

An education network is asking that lawyers to assist students arrested during the fee demonstrations.

Thousands of university students across the country have been protesting against the proposed fee hike in their respective institutions. Picture: Andiswa Mkosi Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - There are calls today for attorneys and advocates who are sympathetic towards the ' Fees Must Fall' cause to assist with pro-bono litigation.

The Higher Education Transformation Network is asking lawyers to submit their names onto a database to assist students arrested during the demonstrations, which began at Wits last week.

The group's Lucky Thekiso says, "We think that their grievances make sense. They are reasonable and that needs to be engaged, instead of arresting students when they have problems."

Over two dozen protesters were taken into custody in the Mother City yesterday after demonstrators stormed the Parliamentary precinct.

Their case was heard in the Cape Town Magistrates court and they were released earlier.

At the same time, a group of students and concerned parents have taken the police to the Western Cape High Court in a bid to stop officers from using excessive force against protesters involved in the fight against rising university fees.

They are seeking an urgent interdict against the South African Police Service.

The matter has been postponed to allow the parties time to negotiate a settlement.

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