#SAunrest: UFS student in court

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A member of the Student Representative Council (SRC), led by the EFF Student Command (EFFSC) at the University of the Free State (UFS), is scheduled to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of inciting violence.

OFM News reports, the SRC’s treasurer was arrested and released with a warning on Monday afternoon. Police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, previously told OFM News that a UFS student was arrested for “incitement to commit public violence”.

Makhele says on 15 July 2021, the accused allegedly circulated messages on social media and his cell phone was confiscated for investigation purposes. His arrest comes after incidents of massive looting of both private businesses and public institutions in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last week, during protests against the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.

The UFS SRC member was arrested for allegedly inciting violence, despite no incidents occurring in the Free State. Police minister, Bheki Cele, previously said 12 suspects were being sought for inciting violence, which saw massive looting and resulted in 250 lost lives.

There are conflicting messages from the government as to whether the looting was part of what they term an attempted coup or insurrection.

Over two thousand people have been arrested by the police both in Gauteng and KZN. Currently, the police in KZN have embarked on the recovery of looted items around different areas in the province with a large contingent of the items having been recovered thus far. However, the acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshaveni says all the recovered items will be destroyed as they would devalue other goods in the market and destroy the economy.

OFM News/Lucky Nkuyane