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Thursday, 22 October 2015 11:12

No treason charges against protesting students

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has dispelled rumours that students who were protesting outside Parliament have been charged with treason.


Thandi Modise

“Contrary to allegations doing the rounds that there were Cape Town students who were charged with treason following the mayhem at Parliament on Wednesday, the management of the police and the Hawks would like to set the record straight and dispel such malicious rumours,” said the police on Thursday.

This as students embarked on protests against university fee increments for next year.

During the illegal protest which saw students forcing their way into Parliamentary premises, six students were arrested and were detained at the Cape Town police station.

The students are due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court today. They face charges of trespassing and contravening the Gatherings Act.

The SAPS further urged the media to report accurately.

“We urge media houses as well journalist and all media practitioners to ascertain the exact charges or get facts before publishing or posting on their personal social media accounts. Irresponsible reporting and speculation has the potential of fuelling unnecessary violence,” said the SAPS.

At a special media briefing late on Wednesday, National Council of Provinces Chairperson Thandi Modise said the events that unfolded in the Parliamentary precinct were “regrettable”.

President Jacob Zuma has called a meeting with the management and leadership of universities as well as student leaders on Friday to discuss the stalemate regarding university fee increases.