Charges against 29 UCT protesters withdrawn

Charges against 29 University of Cape Town students who were arrested for protesting outside Parliament in 2015 have been dropped.

The group of students, which includes sons of ANC stalwart Frank Chikane's, UCT vice-chancellor Max Price, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and advocate Wim Trengrove, appeared at the Cape Town magistrate's court where the state prosecutor announced they are dropping the charges.

They faced various charges including public violence and trespassing a National Key Point.

According to the EWN, there were 'audible' sighs when state prosecutor Nielan Chetty announced the withdrawal of charges.

Six of the arrested students initially faced charges of treason which were later dropped.

Chikane's son made headlines when he was arrested outside Parliament in October last year when he said "We are angry. We don’t know what we are being charged with or why we were arrested" from the back of the police van.

His father, Frank Chikane, has since voiced support for his son for participating in the nationwide #FeesMustFall protest.

Chikane said he believes the 29 protesters were "involved in a classical normal protest".


Sowetan Live

Source:  Sowetan Live

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