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Arson case against 5 CPUT students struck off the roll

Staff Writer

Cape Town – The case against five Cape Peninsula University of Technology students accused of setting alight a bus shuttle late last year has been struck off the roll.

The accused appeared before the Cape Town Margistrate’s Court earlier this week after their previous appearance was postponed in April this year. The State asked for yet another postponement but the presiding Magistrate refused this saying that further postponement of the matter would prejudice the accused leading to the matter being struck off the roll.

The accused were charged with arson after a bus shuttle was torched on the morning of 23 October 2017.

Ayakha Magxothwa, one of the accused students said “we are very happy that the matter has been struck off the roll. It proves that the University was only wasting the state’s resources in this matter as we were not involved in torching the bus. My arrest as Chairperson of CPUT Cape Town SRC as well as other student leaders was an attempt to scare us off and calm things down on the campus”.

CPUT had not responded to our request for comment at the time of publishing.

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