UCT opens assault case against students over Price scuffle

This follows an altercation with the university's vice-chancellor Dr Max Price last Friday.

A scuffle broke out between police, protesters and UCT vice-chancellor Max Price when a few students refused to let him leave a gathering in front of the Bremner Building on Middle Campus. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has laid assault charges against two students following an altercation with vice-chancellor Dr Max Price last Friday.

A scuffle broke out following a meeting between student representatives and university officials.

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At the same time, the institution's management adds it will not interfere with student leader Masixole Mlandu's upcoming bail application.

Mlandu faces charges of malicious damage to property, housebreaking and intimidation.

The institution's Elijah Moholola says: "Negotiations have been compromised as a result of him being detained. He is one of the student representatives in the mediation process. UCT has therefore communicated it will not oppose his application for bail, but required him to observe the code of conduct in future."

Mlandu is expected to make an appearance in Wynberg Magistrates Court on Friday.

Meanwhile, there were running battles on UCT's campus on Tuesday, leading to the arrest of eight protesters. Several students were later released.