Looting, destruction won’t help students' cause – ANC

2016-10-11 09:14

Johannesburg – The ANC on Tuesday denounced the violence at some of the country’s institutions of higher learning, during student protests for free education.

“Unfortunately what we saw yesterday, violence, looting and destruction of property, is not what is good for the student movement,” ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told News24.

The party called on students to keep their demonstrations on university campuses.

“Outside it can be hijacked and will be joined by people they will not have control over.”

Student leaders needed to protect their movement from criminals. Kodwa said they were starting to lose public sympathy due to the violence seen during their protests. He called on students to continue talks with all affected parties.

“No amount of violence, or destruction of property can bring about a solution,” said Kodwa.

On Monday, violence broke out at Stellenbosch University and the University of the Witwatersrand. Some Wits students ran rampage in the streets of Braamfontein. They started fires, burnt a bus, and looted shops.

Students began demonstrating to demand of free education since September 19. They rejected Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s statement that universities could decide their own fee increases for 2017, provided these were capped at 8%. The “missing middle” and students on government loans would be exempt from paying the increase.

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