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Case against UWC students postponed

The accused were granted bail of R3,000 each in the Bellville Magistrates Court.

Protesting UWC students appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Thursday 12 November 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The case against 16 University of the Western Cape students arrested after violence broke out at the institution this week has been postponed to next month.

The accused were yesterday granted bail of R3,000 each in the Bellville Magistrates Court.

Students were arrested during violent protests on campus.

Law student Msingathi Kula is one of the 16 students who was arrested during violent clashes with police.

After being released late yesterday afternoon, Kula told Eyewitness News he was shocked the court set bail at R3,000, given that they are students.

"How do you expect a child of poor working class to cough up R3,000 at such an awkward time of the month?"

Parents yesterday rallied to scrape together R48,000 to post bail for their children.

Donations from sponsors also streamed in to make up the total.

Some rushed to the closest ATMs as they rallied to collect the money to post bail with just minutes to spare.

The group is due back in court on 11 December.

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