Students arrested for allegedly damaging UFS property

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Damaged property at the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa Campus.

Two students were arrested by Public Order Police in Qwaqwa. This after the duo allegedly damaged property at the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa Campus yesterday.

Traffic on the R57 in Phuthaditjhaba was also blocked for about six hours due to the protest. According to police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring, students at the campus got into violent demonstrations when the police engaged them.

“They ended up blocking the main road for traffic, and pelted stones at the police. They also caused malicious damage to a state vehicle and other properties within the campus,” said Mophiring.

The two suspects were scheduled to appear before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates Court today on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence.

Police are monitoring the situation, which is very calm today, with no signs of students in the vicinity of the campus.

Compiled by Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za