Student activists want UCT boss arrested

Rhodes Must Fall activists have laid criminal charges against UCT vice-chancellor Max Price.

Parents and students at the Wynberg Magistrates Court where eight protesting students appeared after being arrested at UCT last night on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence. 17 Feb 2016 Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Student activist group Rhodes Must Fall, has called for the arrest of University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor, Max Price.

The group yesterday laid criminal charges against Price and other university officials following this week's violent protests that erupted on campus.

Police were called in to disperse protesters who were demonstrating over a shortage of student accommodation.

The situation turned ugly leading to the arrest of a number of people.

The Rhodes Must Fall movement's Cathy Phukubje said the alleged brutality against some of its members must not go unpunished.

"There's cases being opened against Max Price if I'm not mistaken, and there's cases against UCT as well."

The police's Andre Traut could not divulge the exact nature of the charges.

"This office can confirm that cases of assault, intimidation and malicious damage to property were reported."

Phukubje said UCT and its management must be held accountable.