Protesting UJ students get a shower for their troubles

2010-03-04 09:23

POLICE used a water tanker to spray protesting University of

Johannesburg students in an attempt to disperse them from blocking the Bunting

Road entrance to the campus.

Lessons came to a halt as hundreds of students gathered outside to

demand free education for the poor.

They sang struggle songs, danced and held a SA Students Congress

(Sasco) banner and one which read: “Education remains an important pillar in

community development.”

There was a strong police presence at the campus.

Sasco vowed yesterday to close down nine universities countrywide

in protest action to demand free education.

Sasco secretary general Lazola Ndamase said the University of

Venda, University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology, University of

Johannesburg, Durban University of Technology, University of Zululand, Walter

Sisulu University, Cape Peninsula University for Technology and the University

of Western Cape would be shut down today.

Students said they were unhappy because President Jacob Zuma paid

little attention to education in his state of the nation address.

Ndamase said they were expecting the government to outline how it

would introduce free education for undergraduate students next year.

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