Maimane compares #feesmustfall to Soweto uprising

2015-10-27 16:14
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Parliament - DA leader Mmusi Maimane drew parallels between the Soweto student uprisings of 1976 and the recent confrontations between police and protesting university students.

"They too were met with the force of police brutality by a government that wants students to fall," Maimane said during a debate on higher education in Parliament on Tuesday.

He quoted a Facebook post of a mother advising her child what to do when teargassed and said: "This post reminded me so much of how history can repeat itself.

"People are still mobilising over the basic right to inclusion."

To boos, he said the ANC had failed people and government had not prioritised opportunities for students.

"The hashtag must be 'no, [Minister] Blade [Nzimande] must fall'," he said, referring to the protest slogan #feesmustfall that trended last week while students protested countrywide.

Maimane said the crisis in higher education was caused by an executive that failed to act.

"And now we face the consequences."

Last week, campuses across the country shut down as students took to the streets, protesting against next year's university fee increases.

President Jacob Zuma - after a meeting with students and vice chancellors on Friday - announced that there would be no increase.

In Cape Town alone, 29 students were arrested after a large group tried to storm Parliament.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  mmusi maimane  |  cape town  |  education  |  university fees  |  parliament 2015

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