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Wits denies claims it is targeting #FeesMustFall leaders

The university’s former SRC president was arrested at the weekend & will appear in court this morning.

#FeesMustFall supporters hurl rocks at campus security standing at the Great Hall on Wits University's main campus on 11 October 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As student activist Mcebo Dlamini prepares to appear in the Hillbrow Magistrates Court this morning, Wits University has refuted claims that the institution is targeting #FeesMustFall leaders in attempt to silence the movement.

Dlamini was arrested at his residence on Sunday.

Police say the 32-year-old man was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the recent violence, criminal acts and intimidation during the #FeesMustFall protests.

Wits University's incoming president Kefentse Mkhari says Dlamini's arrest is an attempt by the university to stop the #FeesMustFall movement.

"They are trying to instil fear and demobilize us, but what they don't know is that they're only making us strong."

But Wits University's Shirona Patel has rubbished claims.

"The university would like to clarify that this is an independent probe which is being run by the police. Wits has nothing to do with the arrests themselves."

Nine people, including two Wits students, who were arrested at the weekend after tensions flared in Braamfontein, are also expected to appear in court today.