43 CPUT students arrested in clashes with cops

They face charges of public violence and participating in an illegal gathering.

A student is detained by a public order police officer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - At least 43 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students have been arrested following clashes with police allegedly after attempts to damage more property on the Bellville campus.

They face charges of public violence and participating in an illegal gathering.

The institution is currently doing mop-up operations following incidents of vandalism and flooding at the Major Sports Hall overnight.

It has also cancelled exams at its Bellville campus.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley says according to information, the students are from the Cape Town campus.

It's understood they travelled to the Bellville campus by train.

"Stun grenades were also thrown at the Bellville campus earlier in the day to disperse a group of students that gathered outside the residence who started collecting rocks and stones."

She says they were prevented from entering the premises.

The students are expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court tomorrow.