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Wits SRC believes Dlamini move to Cleveland sinister

Mcebo Dlamini has been moved from Hillbrow to the Cleveland police station after he was arrested this morning.

Former Wits University SRC leader Mcebo Dlamini, dances with a helmet belonging to the university private security and with a shield during a running battle with the police forces on campus as he takes part in student protests on 4 October, 2016. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Wits University Student Representative Council (SRC) says it believes the transfer of student activist Mcebo Dlamini to the Cleveland police station was done for the sole purpose of stopping the planned march to the Hillbrow station from happening.

According to reports, Dlamini was arrested at his residence at the institution in the early hours of this morning.

It's being alleged that the former SRC president was arrested for assaulting a police officer, but the charges have not been confirmed.

Incoming SRC president Kefentse Mkhari says although the march has been postponed, transport for students who would like to support Dlamini in Cleveland is being organised.

"We cannot march; we are busy trying to organise transport because Cleveland is far. It was calculated that they moved him there; that's why we hope they are not torturing him - I hope he is not being subjected to any malicious treatment."

WITS PROTEST LEADERS 'HIT LIST'

Wits Fees Must Fall leaders say Mcebo Dlamini's arrest confirms that he is on an alleged hit list made by the university to cripple the movement.

Students say they will mobilise and make their way to the Cleveland Police Station.

SRC secretary general Fasiha Hassan says, "Our legal team and our SRC members are there. Unfortunately, I can't be there as we've been given the heads-up that they're targeting us. We have to lay low so I can't give our location, but we're trying to ensure that there are no further arrests. I'm not sure what the charges are."

Earlier, Fees Must Fall activist Busisiwe Seabe said she has reason to believe that the university has a hit list noting students who have been active in the protests.

"We can confirm with certainty that Mcebo is on something that is called the 'hit list' from the university, where all the Fees Must Fall leaders and other students that the university feels are pertinent in protests should be arrested."

Additional reporting by Thando Kubheka.

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