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UWC parents back protesting students

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rents of UWC students say they will stand by the #FeesMustFall campaign and have demanded an independent inquiry into the recent flare up of protest action on campus that lead to the arrest of 16 students.

On Thursday, 16 students accused of grievous bodily harm, malicious damage to property and contravening an interdict, appeared before the Bellville Magistrate court.

The students were granted R3000 bail and the case had been postponed to the 11 December 2015, for further investigation.

Accused students have been barred from campus life. The accused who reside in university residences will now have to seek alternative accommodation. In addition, the accused students still intending to complete their final examinations will be allowed to do so at a alternative venue, off campus grounds.

Meanwhile, parents, other protesting students and the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum have pledged their support for the accused students.

By 3pm on Thursday, parents managed to raise the R45 000 needed to bail out students. Within minutes, a local church donated R15 000 towards the bail money. Parents and supporters scrambled around the clock to meet the courts deadline.

Addressing the students, parents said they will provide wisdom and lessons from their fight for education during the Apartheid regime. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)

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