CPUT students expected to appear in court today

At least 27 students were arrested & are expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrates Court today.

Students watch as police arrest a protesting student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville Campus. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Twenty-seven students who were arrested during violent protests at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are expected in court today.

Violent clashes broke out between protesting students and police at the institution's Bellville campus on Friday.

All activities at CPUT remain suspended until further notice.

Stun grenades, rubber bullets and rocks hitting the shields of police officers reverberated on campus during Friday's protest.

Dozens of police vehicles surrounded the residences where protesters were hiding.

The Public Order Police Unit swept through residences arresting students who they suspected of being the main culprits behind the violence.

The group set fire to campus property and threw rocks at police officers who attempted to disperse them.

Police then swept through residences to arrest those responsible for the violence.