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A leader of South African student protests is denied bail

  • South African student leader Mcebo Dlamini appears in a Johannesburg court on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Dlamini, who was arrested for alleged violence and intimidation during university student protests for free education, has been denied bail. (AP Photo)

    South African student leader Mcebo Dlamini appears in a Johannesburg court on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Dlamini, who was arrested for alleged violence and intimidation during university student protests for free education, has been denied bail. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students listen to Economic Freedom Front (EFF) activist and student leader Vuyani Pambo address a mass meeting at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 19 2016. Protests calling for free education have sometimes turned violent and have roiled many South African universities since last month. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Students listen to Economic Freedom Front (EFF) activist and student leader Vuyani Pambo address a mass meeting at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 19 2016. Protests calling for free education have sometimes turned violent and have roiled many South African universities since last month. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Economic Freedom Front (EFF) activist and student leader Vuyani Pambo addresses students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 19 2016. Protests calling for free education have sometimes turned violent and have roiled many South African universities since last month. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Economic Freedom Front (EFF) activist and student leader Vuyani Pambo addresses students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 19 2016. Protests calling for free education have sometimes turned violent and have roiled many South African universities since last month. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

A South African student leader who was arrested for alleged violence and intimidation during university student protests for free education has been denied bail.

Students and university workers gathered at a Johannesburg courthouse on Wednesday to support Mcebo Dlamini, a former student council president at the University of the Witwatersrand. 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" and that student protests must continue.

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.