Eskom CEO’s son arrested in UCT protest

Brian Molefe would not comment on the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ movement and his son’s involvement.

Police arrest protesting #RhodesMustFall students after they blocked Rondebosch Main Road in Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's son is one of eight University of Cape Town (UCT) students arrested last night.

Itumeleng Molefe appeared alongside fellow students in the Wynberg Magistrates Court earlier today.

The group has been charged with malicious damage to property and public violence following running battles with police and university security last night.

Molefe waited patiently outside the bail office of the court, preparing to post his son's bail.

He refused to comment on the controversial 'Rhodes Must Fall' movement or his son's involvement.

His son appeared alongside six other UCT student protesters who were granted bail of a R1,000.

An eighth protester, who appeared separately, was given R800 bail.

The Magistrate noted even though the charges are serious, the students are all first-time offenders.

Meanwhile, the UCT's Russell Ally joined Vice Chancellor Max Price earlier today, as a panel briefed the media following violent protests last night.

He described today as a 'sad' day at the institution.

Demonstrators tried to surround a mock shack erected in protest as authorities moved in to destroy the structure.

The 'Rhodes Must Fall Movement' says the shack highlighted the alleged lack of accommodation for black students.

Two vehicles, as well as an administration office, were petrol bombed.

Ally says while the movement fights for important student issues, members are discrediting themselves by resorting to violence.

"I think it's regrettable because it does not [give] the movement any credit. I think that biggest tragedy is that it then distracts attention away from the very legitimate issues that Rhodes Must Fall brought to the attention of not just the university, but nationally."

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Meanwhile, disgruntled students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) are set to meet today for what they are calling an 'anti-exclusion campaign.'

Police were called in yesterday to disperse a group of demonstrators who are calling for the scrapping of the outsourcing of services among other issues.

Two people were arrested for public violence.

The UWC 'Fees Will Fall' movement has called a mass meeting for later today.

The group has vowed to boycott registration fees as it says many students can't afford the amounts the university's asking them to pay.

The institution's management has said it is looking at whether it can afford to take on the outsourced staff as permanent employees.

The situation on campus remains calm after yesterday's demonstrations.