State wants to intimidate students into giving in - CPUT protesters

Twelve protesters were arrested during protests on Tuesday night and appeared in court on Wednesday.

CPUT officials on the ground confirmed a fire damaged the entrance at the Bellville campus security control centre. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Student protest leaders from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)'s Bellville campus claim that 13 of their peers are currently behind bars because the state is trying to intimidate them.

Twelve were arrested during protests on Tuesday night and appeared in court on Wednesday.

Another was arrested in connection with arson and appeared in court yesterday.

Twenty-six-year-old Byron Dick has been remanded in custody in connection with the burning of the entrance to CPUT's Bellville campus and the security control room. Three security guards were injured in the incident.

Twelve other students also remain behind bars after the cases were postponed to next week.

One of the student leaders was one of many supporters at court yesterday.

"They are not been given bail on a technicality that the state and the judiciary they want to frustrate the students further. They want to intimidate the students into giving in, and it's not something that's going to happen."

The extent of the damages at CPUT has not yet been determined.