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By Frank Maponya | Aug 17, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ANOTHER group of 40 students of the University of Limpopo has been arrested for violating a court order barring them from holding public meetings on campus.

Forty students were arrested on Saturday after they were allegedly found holding a meeting on the campus premises.

Mankweng police spokesperson Inspector Malan Nchabeleng said yesterday that the arrested students would appear in court "soon".

He said the police would continue to monitor the situation on campus.


The police was called in by the institution's management after students went on the rampage.

The students destroyed property such as window panes and lecture rooms.

They were protesting against, among other things, t management's alleged failure to provide hot water at students' hostels and a reasonable percentage to allow students to sit for examinations.

Three of the arrested students were released after they were cleared of any wrongdoing. The remaining 37 appeared in court, were released on warning and will appear again in court on September 25.

They were charged with arson and public violence.

The university also obtained a court order to bar the students from holding any public gatherings on campus.

But the students allegedly ignored the order and continued to hold public gatherings.

"We will continue to be present on the campus until the situation is normal," Nchabeleng said.

But a student leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some of the students were wrongfully arrested.

He said some of those arrested were targeted by management because it viewed them as instigators of violence.

University spokesperson Kgalema Mohuba denied the allegations and said anybody who is innocent will have to prove it in a court of law.

"We sought the involvement of the police to ensure the safety of our property.

"The police use their own methods and we can't tamper with their investigations," he said.


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