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UWC students unhappy with bail conditions

The 16 students were granted bail of R3,000 each in the Bellville Magistrates Court yesterday.

A student adds fuel to the bonfire during violent clashes between police and students at the University of the Western Cape. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some University of the Western Cape (UWC) protesters arrested this week are complaining their bail conditions are unfair.

The 16 students were granted bail of R3,000 each in the Bellville Magistrates Court yesterday.

As part of the bail conditions students are not allowed onto the UWC campus while case is pending and if they want to write exams, special arrangements need to be made to write at a different venue.

WATCH: UWC protest damage likely to cost millions

Law student Msingathi Kula was among those arrested.

"How do you expect a child of the poor, who is in the working class, to cough up R3,000 at such an awkward time of the month? How are we expected to study if we can't access the library and the labs? Also, how are we expected to pass if we can't go to the faculties? It's an exclusion!"

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.

WATCH: Police use stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse UWC students

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