Students in court following protest

POLICE have confirmed the arrest of three female students from Esayidi Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College for public violence and malicious damage to property.

Spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said students aged between 22 and 23 were charged on Monday and appeared in Kokstad Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

In solidarity with arrested students, a group of students were seen outside the court while others awaited the outcomes in the gallery.

The court released two students on warnings.

Students put together R500 for the bail money of another student after the court granted bail of that amount. The case was remanded to September 17.

Student unrest on the Kokstad campus started three weeks ago with students complaining about the irregular distribution of the schedule of particulars forms for 2016, 2017 and 2018; pending results; the decline of applications for N4 students; shortage of lectures; shortage of infrastructure and resources as well as a lack of computer labs.

A security room was torched during student unrest on August 6 and police were seen on the campus.

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has distanced itself from the protesting students, as was reported in last Friday’s Fever.

At the time, SRC chairperson Masimbonge Mkhatshane said protesting students had not consulted the SRC when organising the protest.

A notice indicating the closing of campus until further notice was placed at the school entrance on Thursday morning.