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Case against UWC students postponed

Two groups of students appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court today.

FILE: Protesting UWC students appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The cases against two groups of University of the Western Cape (UWC) students accused of wreaking havoc at the institution have been postponed until March.

Two groups of students, 11 and four respectively, appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court today.

One of them was absent.

The group dubbed the UWC 16 faces three charges, including malicious damage to property and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

One of the accused wasn't present in court.

The magistrate postponed the matter until 2 March and has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest for the student.

One of the group's lawyers says the student's whereabouts are unknown.

Their bail of R3,000 each has been also extended.

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