60 CUT students expected in court

It is expected that 60 Central University of Technology (CUT) students will be appearing at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s court today.

This follows after the students were arrested for protesting on CUT’s Bloemfontein campus yesterday. The police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, says because the investigation team is still preparing, these students might not appear today.

Makhele says contravening a court order is amongst the charges they are facing. The arrested students include 38 female and 22 male students.

OFM News earlier this week reported that the CUT students are protesting against the delayed National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) payments. Yesterday the Vice-Chancellor of CUT, Henk de Jager, said the university was granted a court interdict and the police has been deployed on the main campus to maintain order. He further said the classes will resume the same time his press conference was hosted at the CUT.

The university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor of resources and operations, Gary Paul, further added that the university is investigating alleged cases of hate speech and violence. This follows after social media users and students took to social media, posting racial slurs and threatening violence against other students earlier this week.