Arrested UFS students to appear in court
The university’s SRC is arranging free legal aid for the students who were arrested during violent protests.
BLOEMFONTEIN - Police say 21 students from the University of the Free State who have been arrested during yesterday's violence will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on a charge of malicious damage to property.
Students have accused the police of arresting the wrong people and targeting them simply because of the colour of their skin.
WATCH: #UFS: Tensions soar, 21 students arrested
Yesterday, police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse an angry crowd of protesters who rejected management's response to their demand that Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen resign.
The university's SRC is arranging free legal aid for the students.
A student says police were heavy-handed, alleging innocent by-standers were arrested.
"Why, in the first place, did the university hire me to protect them when they know for sure that when they want to kill or arrest every black man that they see because they are a danger to white people? They can do as they please. That's not how things work."
SRC Vice President Mpho Khati claims officers targeted leaders and even went looking for her at her residence.
Students are being arrested at #UFS. Some were jst walking on campus some where at res. So far +20 people have been arrested. We need help— iNdlovukazi (@MphoKhati) February 25, 2016
#UFS is a racist institution which is untransformed and committed make campus a safe heaven for whites. While we continue to be victimised— iNdlovukazi (@MphoKhati) February 25, 2016
Protesters are demanding Jansen step down saying he's done nothing to transform the institution.
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