C­har­ges fall in #Fees­Mus­tFall

George Herald - - News - My­ron Ra­bi­no­witz

The Na­ti­o­nal Pro­se­cu­ting Aut­ho­ri­ty (NPA) has de­ci­ded not to pro­ceed with the c­har­ges a­gainst the 18 Nel­son Man­de­la U­ni­ver­si­ty (NMU) stu­dents ar­res­ted du­ring the 2016 #Fees­Mus­tFall pro­test. The stu­dents we­re ar­res­ted at the en­tran­ce to the Ge­or­ge cam­pus in Oc­to­ber 2016 as well as du­ring fol­low-up o­pe­ra­ti­ons.

The stu­dents le­arnt their fa­te in the Ge­or­ge Ma­gi­stra­te’s Court on Tu­es­day 23 Oc­to­ber af­ter an ex­ten­si­ve con­sul­ta­ti­ve pro­cess in­vol­ving the s­ta­te and de­fen­ce.

Win­ston Jan­sen, the stu­dents’ at­tor­ney, said, “The stu­dents we­re so stres­sed by the or­de­al that t­hey gas­ped in o­pen court w­hen t­hey he­ard c­har­ges we­re wit­h­dra­wn.”

The stu­dents we­re ar­res­ted for con­tra­ven­ti­on of a court or­der and pu­blic vi­o­len­ce re­la­ting to the Re­gu­la­ti­on of Gat­her­ings Act.

The o­ri­gi­nal eig­ht we­re part of a group of 70 stu­dents who mar­ched from their re­si­den­ces on cam­pus to the main en­tran­ce of the u­ni­ver­si­ty. Ten mo­re stu­dents we­re char­ged af­ter the po­li­ce a­na­ly­sed vi­deo foota­ge.

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