Arrested UFS workers and students granted bail

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Some of the 39 workers and students from the University of the Free State that was arrested on Monday. PHOTO: LERATO SEBE

The 39 workers and students from the University of the Free State (UFS) were granted bail on Tuesday after they appearing in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court.
This follows their arrest earlier this week for illegal gathering. Judge Schoeman granted the 36 accused R300 bail, and R2000 bail for Bongani Luti, Trevor Shaku and Annah Seutlwadi respectively.
He told the court, that was packed to capacity, that all 39 accused were prohibited from holding any illegal gatherings. They are expected to appear back in court on 5 April this year.
The workers and students between the ages of 25 and 49 were protesting against outsourcing and also claim that workers are not being paid the wages promised to them following last year’s #FeesMustFall protests.
They handed over a memorandum to management on 28 January and they allege that they still haven’t received any response. The strike got out of hand on Monday and police had to use stun grenades to restore order. – Refilwe Gaeswe 
refilwe@centralmediagroup.co.za