Pacsa employee shot in the face

2016-11-02 06:03
Pacsa employee Sibusiso Khanyile was shot in the face with a rubber bullet that cut his lower lip open.           PHOTO: supplied

Pacsa employee Sibusiso Khanyile was shot in the face with a rubber bullet that cut his lower lip open. PHOTO: supplied

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SOCIAL justice organisation, Pacsa, employees were caught in the crossfire last Monday when they attended a meeting, which they were invited to, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal promoting their long-standing fight for free quality education for all.

At the meeting, which later turned violent, Profs4Protest, students and various organisations in Pietermaritzburg, gathered on the main lawn of UKZN for a meeting with the vice chancellor of UKZN to address the #FeesMustFall movement.

“We at Pacsa do not condone the violence and acts of arson that have taken place during the #FeesMustFall protests, but we do, however, support the idea that the initiative articulates, which is one of promoting free quality education from primary level to everyone,” said Pacsa director, Mervyn Abrahams.

He added that since its inception Pacsa has been dedicated to struggling to enhance the dignity for all, which includes access to free, quality education for the public good.

“We want to stress that supporting the cause doesn’t mean we support the strategies currently being used, but rather we support the vision and ideal,” said Abrahams.

At the gathering a Pacsa employee, Sibusiso Khanyile, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet that cut his lower lip open. Khanyile was hospitalised for two days following the incident and is recovering.

“We were shocked when the incident took place. According to Sibusiso he was approaching the police asking them not to shoot, but was subsequently shot in the face. To our knowledge he was not caught in any crossfire. The response from the police is concerning - why the face and not any other part of the body,” asked Abrahams.

He said it remains Pacsa’s belief that quality and free education should be possible for everyone.

“The current crisis stems from a deeper national crisis. There is massive inequality in society. By and large black students struggle to find the means to pay for education because of the poverty they face. We have to find a way to make education open for all South Africans,” said Abrahams.

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