Two Wits students arrested during protests due in court for bail application

They were arrested last week during protests in Braamfontein.

A small group of protesting students blocked roads with stones and rubble in Braamfontein near Wits University as part of the National Shutdown over student finances on 15 March 2021. Picture: Mia Lindeque/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Two Wits University students are appearing in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court for a formal bail application on Friday.

They were arrested last week during protests in Braamfontein.

They were remanded in custody earlier this week after it emerged they have pending cases in Stellenbosch.

The pair is facing a charge of public violence.

A small group of Wits University students are demonstrating outside the magistrates court calling for their release.

Wits student representative council president Mpendulo Mfeka said: “It was agreed that during the preliminary stages that we can't afford to have them in prison… so that is why we are [demonstrating] outside the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.”

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