JOHANNESBURG - A journalist was arrested at the University of the Free State (UFS) while covering Thursday’s protests during a raid on campus.
Teboho Setlofane, from Botshabelo-based Mosupatsela FM, is said to have been at a student residence at the time.
@SakinaKamwendo the UFS situation is out of control. yesterday police raided our res's and started arresting everyone.— Mbodi (@mbodifull) February 26, 2016
Black kids arrested and thrown out of res. White kids left willingly and no arrests on their side.#UFS— Ntsika Scott (@MrNtsikaScott) February 26, 2016
Captain Moroane at the Bainsvlei SAPS said, “We can confirm at this time that Setlofane was arrested at the university and charged for public violence when he was brought into the station at 5pm Thursday evening.”
The station manager at Mosupatsela FM, Sello Mosala, said Setlofane was covering the story for the station and then was arrested with other students.
“I called the police countless times to convince them that he was not a student. I told them he was one of my journalists.
"The police are insisting that they want proof from the university that he is not a student in order to release him,” Mosala said.
Police arrested more than 20 students after they protested against the outsourcing of campus work. The university management has since come to an agreement with workers that it will end outsourcing.