[Watch Video on Wits student leader, Mcebo Dlamini]
The 30-year-old, who was arrested at his Wits residence on Sunday, faces charges of public violence, theft, malicious damage to property and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
“We have seen today that the law works for the powerful and we know that this case and the denial of bail was very political. The goal here (court) is to keep students arrested … being intelligent is not good enough if you are poor,” said Shaeera Kalla, a Wits student leader. She said even though their efforts might seem futile they know they will be remembered for fighting for free and decolonized education. “This demand didn’t come about yesterday or last year, this demand has been around since 1994. It’s a promise that this very state has made and now it’s a promise they will break by all means to kill this movement and make students fearful to react,” said Kalla. Dlamini will remain in custody until his next appearance on 15 November.
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