UKZN students urged to fight for democracy

2011-10-19 00:00

UKZN students were challenged yesterday to struggle for democracy and human rights, as their predecessors like Steve Biko did.

Speaking at a gathering on the Pietermaritzburg campus to commemorate the World Youth Movement for Democracy, student representative council deputy president Zama Zindela said, “One of the challenges facing our democracy is that university students are not as robust as those of yesteryear.”

At the gathering students discussed challenges facing democracy in Africa and in other parts of the world under the theme “Ignite Change”.

Zindela said that when apartheid was at its height it was students like Biko who challenged the system with the concept of “black consciousness”, a movement that campaigned for black people who are proud of their identity to stand up and fight for their democratic rights.

“I challenge you as students to be active in our endeavours to bring about meaningful change on the African continent and other parts of the world where democratic human rights are still non-existent,” she added.

She said that if students fight for the future that they want it will be a victory for democracy in the world.

The president of the National Association of Nigerian Students in SA, Ekwealor Chinedu, said, “We are here to evaluate the progress we have made as youth in the national leadership and governance of all democratic countries in the world.

“We mourn the abuse of democracy in the present global system being perpetrated by the leading manufacturers of munitions, which has led to young people, women and children suffering in various parts of the world.”

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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