Arrested UCT students won't be charged with treason

The arrested students include the sons of Reverend Frank Chikane & UCT vice chancellor Max Price.

Police attempt to keep UCT #FeesMustFall students out of Parliament. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The 23 University of Cape Town (UCT) students arrested and subsequently released late last night will not be charged with treason.

The police released a statement confirming that there are no treason charges.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "There are only two charges that they are facing and that's a charge of trespassing and violating the Gatherings Act. The six who were in Parliament were taken to the Cape Town police station and interviewed and a decision was taken."

The lawyer for the students has now confirmed they will not be charged with treason.

The 23 students appeared relieved when their lawyer Ashraf Mahomed informed they will not be charged with treason.

Mahomed says the group faces three charges; illegal gathering, public violence and trespassing on a National Key Point.

The students are Chumani Maxele, Kgotsi Chikane, Nathan Taylor, Markus Trengrove, Ian Price and Bucks Whaley.

The other arrested protesters were released from police custody late last night while some spent the night in jail, including Reverend Frank Chikane's son.

Reverend Chikane has called on the police to drop charges against protest leaders and says guns should be kept away from the sites where students have been demonstrating.

He says the charges should be withdrawn due to the nature of the protest.

"I'm hoping they will withdraw the charges because this is about a protest related to a principled issue and has to do with the capacity of the majority to pay at the university."

WATCH: UCT students take demands to Parliament.

UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price's son was also among those taken into custody.

Those arrested will be making their first appearance in the Cape Town Magistrates Court this morning.

WATCH: Violence erupts between police & protesters outside Parliament.

Meanwhile, students have also turned to the high court seeking an order against the police.

Police management say they're satisfied with the way officers handled the student uprising outside Parliament yesterday.

The police's Vish Naidoo said, "Despite provocation the police handled the situation quite well in dispersing the crowd without any injuries being reported."

STUDENTS APPEAR IN COURT

Officers moved in with brute force using stun grenades to disperse rowdy protesters at the Parliamentary precinct.

Several students were held at Cape Town Central police station and released on warning last night.

#FeeMustFall heartbreaking! Traumatized students on steps of High Court.Some are shaking.They're seeking interdict pic.twitter.com/MRrM4I26Fv

Six other students detained in Bellville will reportedly be charged with high treason.

LISTEN: Analyst says government didn't properly address students.

At the same time, an application for a court interdict against police officers will be heard at the Western Cape High Court today.

A group of concerned parents and students, injured in clashes with police, have approached the court to interdict Public Order Police against using force, stun grenades and teargas against protesting youths.

UCT STUDENTS REMAIN DEFIANT

Protesters have again blocked access to UCT.

#FeesMustFall A handful of chanting UCT students now making their way to Upper Campus area. LI pic.twitter.com/sM0goG0hFE

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 22, 2015 Earlier Price did his best to reason with students.

"R125 million is taken from high paying students and given to poor paying students. Nsfas students are covered by Nsfas and by R1,000 a year -

"I don't pay R1,000 and what we're saying is that it's not working and as it stands the poor people are still unable to afford that." A student said.