Charges against EFF student leader withdrawn

EFF Student Command outside Wits Great Hall. Source: Twitter

Bonile Khanyi

The charges against Naledi Chirwa, the #FeesMustFall activist and Economic Freedom Fighters student command national member, were withdrawn in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Chirwa was arrested during last year’s round of protests, which took place at various institutions around the country.

Speaking to Inside Education shortly after her case was struck off the roll, Chirwa said justice has been served and that the #FeesMustFall protests were a just cause.

“More than anything, this whole judgement actually proves (that) the call for fees to fall and the call for free and equal education is a just cause and we should continue,” said Chirwa.

“We were right to do what we did and there’s nothing wrong with what we did, we are not criminals.”

Meanwhile, another student activist Mcebo Dlamini is expected back in court next month after his case was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.

Dlamini faces charges of violating a court order, public violence, assault, theft, and damage to property related to last year’s Fees Must Fall protests at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He was arrested in October 2016 and released on R2 000 bail in November at the Palm Ridge High Court.



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