Top court comes to the aid of three students told to pay costs
The Constitutional Court has come to the aid of three university students who were saddled with legal costs after losing two court cases. On Tuesday, the Court set aside two judgments, one passed by the High Court in Grahamstown in March this year, and the other by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on July 2. The previous judgments had ordered the students to pay Rhodes University’s legal costs in their application for leave to appeal an earlier court judgment. Sian Ferguson‚ Yolanda Dyantyi and Simamkele Heleni were involved in student protests against the culture of rape and gender violence on campus in April last year. The demonstrations led, in some instances, to unlawful conduct‚ including the disruption of classes and the kidnapping and assault of two male students who were suspected of rape or sexual assault. The university obtained an urgent interim interdict against the students‚ which was later ruled final by the High Court, which ordered each party to pay their own costs....
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