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Released UJ students angry about how struggle unfolded

The students were arrested for contravening a court order prohibiting protests at the Kingsway campus.

Students and workers protesting at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) have vowed not to leave the Kingsway campus until management addresses them. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While students and workers arrested for protesting at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) have now been released, they say they are angry at the manner in which their struggle has unfolded.

According to the police's Tsekiso Mofokeng, all 141 protestors were released today on a warning on condition they appear at the Brixton Magistrates Court on Monday.

They were detained for contravening a court order prohibiting protests at the Kingsway campus during exams.

A student says they demands have been very simple.

"There is a lot of anger and the manner in which the struggle has drawn out wasn't expected. We are angry about how the demands are being ignored. We are angry because we are being referred to as a minority, we are not a minority."

LISTEN: Several UJ students arrested for blocking Kingsway Road.

Meanwhile, a group of mothers say they will continue to support protesting students and providing them with food and other essential supplies.

The group spent the night making soup and giving toiletries to supporters who gathered outside the Brixton Police Station waiting for news on the fate of the arrested.

One of the women, Vanessa Perumal, says the mothers are part of a national network of entrepreneurs and business people who have been making sure the protestors are fed as they continue their fight against out-sourcing and tuition fee problems at universities.

"Today we delivered some stuff at the main student representative office. We bought bread, peanut butter and juice."

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