One of the four women (second from left), who interrupted President Jacob Zuma’s post-election speech at the IEC centre in Pretoria on August 3, has joined a long list of students who have been arrested in the wake of the #FeesMustFall protests that have gripped the country.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on Wednesday shared on Twitter that police arrested Naledi Chirwa in her home in Mamelodi for “contravening” the Fees Must Fall court order, further questioning how she could have done it when she was at home in Mamelodi.
“Police took #NalediChirwa from her bed, next to her infant child at 5am in the morning, to terrify her so she never dare question the world,” Ndlozi said.
She was granted bail at R1000 on condition that she does not go anywhere near the UP campuses.
Her case has been remanded until January, Tuks FM has tweeted.
— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) October 19, 2016
Chirwa earlier took to Twitter to share her gratitude to the community members who she said fought with the police who went to arrest her.
She also shared a list of students who have been arrested for protesting, with four Vaal University of Technology (VUT) students – Sandile Nyalunga, FM Mokoena, Mojalefa Ntsabelle and Lemogang Medupi – expected to appear at a Vanderbijlpark court today.
Another University of Pretoria Fees Must Fall leader Rasethaba Mosibudi was denied bail on Tuesday.
Ndlozi has been vocal in condemning police brutality that has been taking place in higher education institutions across the country, slamming the ruling party for sending police to the institutions instead of addressing the fees crisis.
There has been more than 600 arrests of #FeesMustFall activists. Let me tell u: u can arrest all of them, but u'll never arrest their ideas!
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) October 19, 2016
He also criticised the arrest of former University of Witwatersrand SRC president Mcebo Dlamini on assault charges. He said the ruling party was using state institutions to “harass” anyone who dared to speak the truth.
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“If they eat their own children, what do you think they will do to you? Wake up, Mzansi, the country is turning against its own, very fast!”
Ndlozi said Mcebo should not have been arrested for leading a protest for others to get free education.
“These ANC faks are late I tell you. Lesufi can’t even deal with school racism.”