Nothing revolutionary about varsity property destruction - minister

2016-03-08 20:00
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (File, Beeld)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (File, Beeld)

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Cape Town – There is nothing revolutionary about the destruction of property, arts minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

Speaking during a debate on racism in Parliament, the minister appealed for political parties to not fan the flames of divisions at universities.

Violence has again erupted at universities across the country, leading to the closure of some campuses.

On Monday, students at the Tshwane University of Technology's Soshanguve campuses were told to vacate their residences.

Students were given until Tuesday afternoon to leave.

Mthethwa said the destruction of property and loss of life or limb during the student protests was an act of regress and had nothing progressive or revolutionary about it.

"Anyone that participates in such anarchic behaviour, is a true advocate of modern leftism. This is a left-wing infantile disorder, whose main feature is subjectivism," he said.

He said while the struggle for transformation in institutions of learning should be accelerated, that should take place in a disciplined fashion.

"That’s a true trait of a revolutionary."

Mthethwa also called for political parties to get rid of racists within their ranks.

Earlier in the sitting, racism raised its ugly head when two EFF MPs were ejected from the National Assembly for referring to the DA as racists.

EFF's Hlengiwe Hlophe refused to unconditionally withdraw the comment, and was asked to leave.

Her colleague, Phillip Mhlongo, was also asked to leave after he called the DA racists and said they were speaking rubbish to him.

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