Cape Town – Western Cape police have confirmed that Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student leader Sapho Mahilihili has been arrested.
Propaganda, as he is popularly known, was arrested on Saturday morning. News of his arrest was shared by his close comrades at CPUT on Saturday afternoon.
Western Cape Police spokesperson said that Mahilihili was arrested on a warrant of arrest for a 2015 case. Mahilihili was a student leader during the #FeesMustFall campaign and faced suspensions and court cases as a result of his alleged actions.
Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) Deputy President Athabile Nonxuba said that Mahilihili’s arrest comes as a big shock to the organization as he was acquitted of his #FeesMustFall related charges stemming from 2015 in April of this year.
“As PASMA we are shocked by this and are still coming to terms with the merits of his arrest. We believe that his arrest is political as it comes during the SRC election period and that it speaks to the urgent need for government to decriminalize #FeesMustFall. We will do everything necessary to support him”, said Nonxuba.
Western Cape NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila refused to comment on the matter saying that “we have had so many cases of #FeesMustFall so it would be difficult to say which case where charges were withdrawn”.
Mahilihili is due to appear at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday.