Communists Hit Out Over University Riots
James Tweedie, The Morning Star, London, 18 October 2016
South Africa's communists vowed yesterday to defend riot-hit universities
from "anarchy, violence and sheer destruction" for the rest of the academic
Their intervention came as "Fees Must Fall" protesters broke windows and
doors and threw human excrement around buildings at the University of Cape
Town in a bid to prevent it reopening in the wake of previous
The joint statement by the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Young
Communist League (YCL-SA) followed a weekend summit in Benoni, east of
The conference, held under the banner of the Right To Learn Campaign "for a
working-class biased free higher education system," was also attended by
leaders of the South African Students Congress.
The SACP and YCL said they were "confident that the majority of the students
have seen through the ugly face of the forces behind the destruction,
violence and anarchy."
They added: "It is important to note that at the core of this amorphous
coalition is their common hatred of the SACP, its leadership and its role as
the vanguard of the left forces in our country."
In Johannesburg, students blocked a road in the morning rush hour and threw
stones before returning to their hall of residence at the University of the
It was there that former student council president and Fees Must Fall leader
Mcebo Dlamini was arrested early on Sunday as part of a probe into "recent
violence, criminality and acts of intimidation."
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