The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has intervened on an urgent basis to assist a group of Central University of Technology (CUT) students this morning.
The 23 student from the university’s Bloemfontein campus were arrested late last night when took to the streets in as part of a national protest action over fee increments and free education at higher education institutions across the country.
The students appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court on charges of public violence and damage to property and an illegal gathering today.
Free State SAHRC Provincial Manager, Buang Jones, said the students requested assistance with legal representation this morning.
“We facilitated legal representation for arrested students since we have good relations with Legal Aid South Africa in the Free State,” he said.
Jones said the matter was brought to their attention when students came to their office.
“We then engaged with Legal Aid SA to provide free legal service to them,” said Jones – Cathy Dlodlo/Courant News