The suspension of 17 students from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) was lifted by the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

The students were suspended after allegedly being implicated in the burning of UJ’s auditorium in May that resulted in damage estimated at about R100-million. The chairperson of the South African Students Congress-led UJ SRC‚ Rethabile Ntshinga‚ told TMG Digital that the suspended students should be allowed to resume their studies on Wednesday. "The students should be allowed back into the campus by tomorrow (Wednesday). Failure in which we will return to court and we will apply for a contravention of a court order‚" said Ntshinga. The chairperson said the charges laid against the students were "doomed as baseless". "They went further to suspend students and denied them access into the institution pending the date of a [disciplinary hearing] and pending the outcome of the charges‚" said Ntshinga. "So they (the 17 students) took them to court on the basis that they are denying them a general right to access campus and that of education. The main application was precisely on the ground that students should return to campus pending the outcomes of the disciplinary hearing‚" he added.
 SOURCE: TimesLive