ANC Attacks Rising Violence of Student Demonstrations
James Tweedie, The Morning Star, London, 14 October 2016
South Africa’s ruling ANC party condemned the escalating violence by student
protesters, urging a return to talks yesterday.
The movement spoke out a day after three security guards narrowly escaped
death in a petrol bomb attack by protesters on their control room at the
Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
And in the coastal city of Durban two individuals — one of whom was not a
student — were arrested over arson attacks on a halls of residence TV room
and a lecture theatre.
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa called the involvement of the non-student “a clear
indication that these protests have been hijacked by sinister opportunistic
“Violence and anarchy, including calls for ungovernability, must be rejected
and condemned by all those in our society with a genuine interest in
functional institutions of learning that contribute effectively to our
country’s long-term development,” he said.
Mr Kodwa said the rampage of vandalism showed the “Fees Must Fall” protests
were “no longer solely concerned with the very real dilemma of the cost of
He reiterated the government’s long-standing commitment to free education
for the poor, which was illustrated last month when Higher Education
Minister Blade Nzimande raised the household income threshold to qualify for
tuition grants from 120,000 rand (£6,500) a year to 600,000 rand (£33,000).
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