Five arrested during #CUT protest

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Five students have been arrested for alleged public violence in a protest that erupted at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein.

OFM News previously reported that students were left fuming as they protested against allegations of maladministration and lack of student accommodation amongst other issues.

Police used what sounded like stun grenades to disperse the group of protesting students. Free State police spokesperson, Thabo Covane, tells OFM News that the arrest of the five students comes after the protesting students allegedly engaged in violent acts and started throwing stones at police on Tuesday.

According to Covane, a split-off group ran towards President Brand Street where they removed parts of the pavement and blocked the road with it. He says this is where five male students were arrested for alleged public violence. Covane says that arrested students will appear before the Bloemfontein Margistrate Court on 24 March 2022.

OFM News also reported that CUT spokesperson, Dan Maritz, said representatives of the institution met with NSFAS officials and the Student Representative Council (SRC) last week to address and resolve the allowances of 11 600 students.

OFM News/Kekeletso Mosebetsi /Lee Simmons