100 arrested for Richards Bay FET protest
Durban - Over 100 student protesters were on Wednesday arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
“Richards Bay and Public Order police arrested 121 students for public violence and malicious damage to property at a FET (Further Education and Training) college in Richards Bay,” said KZN police spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker.
The students allegedly embarked on a violent protest in the early hours of Wednesday morning, said the police. The protest apparently had to do with unhappiness over a lack of financial assistance.
Speaking out about the damage the students caused, Naicker said: “They damaged campus property and set waste bins on fire. Police were alerted of the incident and proceeded to the area where the protesters attacked them.”
He said that after students had ignored police’s instructions to disperse, water canons were used to break up the group of protesters. “No injuries were sustained during the confrontation and police were able to arrest 121 students,” said Naicker.
Police were monitoring the situation at the FET College on Wednesday. The suspects were due to appear in the Empangeni Magistrate’s Court soon.