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17 UJ protesters to appear in court

The students were part of a group who tried to block students from entering UJ's Soweto campus.

University of Johannesburg students raise their hands in front of a riot police line while blocking a motorway during clashes on September 28, 2016 outside the University of Johannesburg Campus.  Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Seventeen students are expected to appear in court today on charges of contravening a court interdict blocking protests at the University of Johannesburg.

The students were part of a group of protestors who tried to block students from entering the university's Soweto campus and refused orders by police to disperse.

The institution obtained a court interdict last week after students joined a nationwide protest calling for free higher education.

The police's Phephi Matlou-Mthetho says: "Seventeen students were arrested for contravention of court order. They were blocking other students to gain entrance at the university, so they were arrested and they will appear in court."