Protest leader’s arrest sparks revolt



October 17, 2016
Protest leader’s arrest sparks revolt

BUST: Mcebo Dlamini

Former SRC president arrested for allegedly assaulting a cop.

The arrest of a #FeesMustFall protest leader at Wits University has sparked threats of fresh protests as the institution plans to resume classes today.

Former President of the Student Representative Council, Mcebo Dlamini, was nabbed in the early hours of yesterday morning at his residence and taken to the Cleveland police station.

Dlamini is reportedly being charged with assaulting a cop.

Yesterday social media was abuzz with news of his arrest with many calling for protests to continue.

A 10pm curfew is still in place following the mayhem on Friday night in Braamfontein after students took to the streets with force.

Nine people, including four students, were arrested after protesters vandalised property and burnt two vehicles, including a SABC outside broadcast van.

Meanwhile, government on Saturday called on protesters to respect the laws of the country.

Government Communications and Information Systems said: “There is no need to kick down an open door. The matter of student fees has been sufficiently registered and is receiving the full attention of government.

“President Jacob Zuma has established a ministerial task team to assist the minister of higher education and training to normalise the situation at higher education institutions.”

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