I'm not joining anti-Zuma protest, says Jansen

2016-04-26 09:17
UFS rector Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

UFS rector Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – University of Free State vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen won't be marching with the #ZumaMustFall campaign on Wednesday.
    
"Just going [to an]... anti-Zuma march would immediately label me as part of a political party, and while I am still a vice chancellor. I cannot be seen to be taking sides," Jansen told News24 on Monday.  

There have been widespread calls for Zuma to resign following the Constitutional Court ruling that he failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial recommendations regarding payment for the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Protests are set to take place in Cape Town‚ Durban and Johannesburg.  

Jansen added that he was not alarmed at university campuses being used as political platforms.  

"I don't think it is something that one can stop. All issues that are raised by students are legitimate and you can't wish them away.

"Political parties would try to muscle their way in and seek opportunities through students' formations to advance their own agendas and we can't stop that," he said.   

However, he added that it was important to allow students to express themselves.  

"I think any university leader that thinks they can manage parties [by] using the university as political platforms won't succeed."

In February, the EFF were accused of inciting violence during a protest which led to the vandalising of the statue of Charles Robberts Swart at the university.

CR Swart was the last governor general of the Union of South Africa until 1961, and was president of the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1967.

Protesters burnt tyres at the foot of the statue, and used hammers and rocks to bring it down.

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