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On Tuesday, the 13th of September, 5 of the 16 suspended students, implicated in the burning of the University of Johannesburg’s Sanlam Auditorium, won their motion in court to be allowed back on institutional premises.
In early August, 17 students of the University of Johannesburg received suspension letters confirming that they are suspected of the arson attack(or planning thereof) on the institution’s R100-million structure.
No formal arrests have since been made and the University’s spokesperson, Herman Esterhuizen, could not confirm that there is any evidence that implicates these persons in this crime, or whether there would be any charges brought against these persons.
After winning their motion to be allowed back on campus, 5 of these students received letters on the 16th of September, confirming that their suspensions have been withdrawn, only to later(on the same day) be issued with new suspension letters.
One of the #UJ16 told OTR that they have been kept away from school duties for months and they are worried about their academics but, they stand in solidarity in their quest to expose the University’s unfairness towards its students.
When contacted, the University would not offer any comments. The newest development to the matter is the choice by one of the former #UJ17 members to turn witness for the university in the pending case.