We will fight with students until there is victory - EFF

2015-10-21 21:58
(Adiel Ismail)

(Adiel Ismail)

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Cape Town - The EFF is committed to fighting with students for a zero increase in university fees, according to the party's Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu.

Shivambu was among a group of EFF members who were forcibly removed from the National Assembly as they attempted to disrupt Finance Minister Nhanhla Nene from delivering his mini budget, by chanting #FeesMustFall.

"We do not agree with the 6% cap. We do not want any fees to be paid by students because there is enough money to give to students to study for free," he told News24.

"This is what we are trying to explain in Parliament but they did not allow us to."

Commenting on the country-wide student protest, Shivambu said: "We are going to fight on the streets with students until there is victory."

After spending several hours chanting at Parliament's entrance in Plein Street, a crowd of students gathered at the gates in Parliament Street. These gates of parliament, which is supposedly one of the most secure premises in the country, were not locked.

In an unprecedented move, students overpowered about seven security guards and forced their way into the parliamentary precinct demanding that Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande address them.

Shivambu deplored the ANC for allowing the police to fire stun grenades on the students in a bid to get them to leave parliament.

"We have always known that the ANC sends police to deal with political questions. This is how they react and how we see dictatorship emerging in South Africa.

"They are intimidating students who want to make their point that politicians must consider the issue of cutting fees - but they are sending the police."

Shivambu pointed out that the ANC should have addressed students.

"What the political leadership could have done was to address the students instead of firing stun grenades to intimidate them."

Read more on:    anc  |  eff  |  blade nzimande  |  floyd shivambu  |  cape town  |  protests  |  education  |  university fees

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