Members of #UnsilenceUFS march

2016-03-09 06:00
STUDENTS of the University of the Free State (UFS) dressed in black in remembrance of the 27 February Varsity Cup rugby game brawl at Shimla Park. The students walked from the student centre to Shimla Park to pay homage to the protestors who were beaten. Photo: Emile Hendricks

STUDENTS of the University of the Free State (UFS) dressed in black in remembrance of the 27 February Varsity Cup rugby game brawl at Shimla Park. The students walked from the student centre to Shimla Park to pay homage to the protestors who were beaten. Photo: Emile Hendricks

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BLOEMFONTEIN. Z The students of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) #UnsilenceUFS-movement vowed on Friday (04/03) to fight the university system until they were heard.

Dressed in black, students walked to the stadium at Shimla Park, where a group of protesters who wanted to highlight the plight of outsourced workers disrupted a Varsity Cup rugby match recently.

Spectators ran onto the field and attacked them, causing chaos and the forced closure of the university for the duration of the week.

The following morning, EFF protesters vandalised and pulled down a statue of Charles Robberts (C.R.) Swart on campus.

Swart was the last governor general of the Union of South Africa, a position he held until 1961, when the country became a sovereign republic.

He then served as president of the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1967.

“Last week, we came here (Shimla Park) and sang and all of a sudden a group of spectators came down and beat us bad.

“We tried to fight back, but we were still beaten,” said Liza Mfana of the student movement.

Another student, Seoketsi Hooketsi, said they wanted to show their plight and commemorate places which had been vandalised during the protest.

“We don’t want to be violent anymore, but we have been silenced for far too long as black students, so we want to show the university that we are visible,” she said.

After a week of protests, security was doubled at the university when classes resumed.

SRC president, Lindokuhle Ntuli, said students would not disrupt
any classes, as they took no plea-
sure in causing the institution any harm.

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