The state has withdrawn all
charges against a group of protesters who were involved in anti-university fees
demonstrations in Cape Town last year.
most of them students, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court this morning
on various charges, including public violence.
They were arrested during
protests outside Parliament late last year.
The group was arrested in
October after clashing with police outside Parliament.
Among those in the dock were
African National Congress stalwart Frank Chikane's son, Kgotso, and student
activist leader Chumani Maxwele.
Bush Radio’s correspondent
Simamkele Vakaza interviewed one of the accused, Khwezi Hoga.
Hoga says that “I’m happy I didn’t have to stand there and
be asked questions”
She adds that “ I don’t know what this means, however it’s a
victory to have the case withdrawn, but I also do feel like the system and the
state have wasted my time for arresting me and doing all these dramatic things
while fees have not fallen”.
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