Students from several university campuses in Durban have been arrested for public violence following a massive protest held in the city on Monday. According to a statement made by SAPS, officers nabbed 29 young residents, who had previously participated in lawless actions such as burning tyres and blocking streets.
They are said to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court the next day.
A group of students started to gather outside the King George Hospital in Sydenham on Monday morning, demanding jobs. In just a few hours the number of protesters had crossed 100 mark, so the police had to respond by squad deployment, urging people to disperse. Besides that, students started to actively confront with the units, damaging private property, vehicles and even an ambulance.
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“The police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the unruly crowd, “police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said. He also added the officers have made the area safe and continue to monitor and investigate the incident.