A leader of South African student protests is denied bail

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Posted: Oct 19, 2016 8:59 AM
A leader of South African student protests is denied bail

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court on Wednesday denied bail to a student leader who was arrested for alleged violence and intimidation during university student protests for free education.

Students and university workers gathered at a Johannesburg courthouse to support Mcebo Dlamini, a former student council president at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The next hearing in his case is Nov. 15.

News24, a South African media outlet, showed video of Dlamini saying before the bail ruling that he is a "political activist," not a criminal, and that student protests must continue.

Dlamini was arrested early Sunday in a police raid on his university student residence.

Last year, a disciplinary panel at the University of the Witwatersrand found Dlamini guilty of "misconduct" for an unspecified incident in 2014 and he was removed from the Students' Representative Council.

Protests that have sometimes turned violent have roiled many South African universities since last month. While there is support for the idea of free education, many students would rather study than go along with protesters' calls for disruption.