Sasco vows to shut down 9 varsities

2010-03-03 14:59

Nine universities nation-wide will be marred by protest action as

of tomorrow – the South African Students Congress (Sasco) is demanding free

education as it was a resolution taken at the ANC Polokwane conference, said

Sasco’s secretary-general Lazola Ndamase.

“All the other resolutions were handled swiftly, disbanding of the

Scorpions and ending of floor-crossing,” said Ndamase.

He voiced the students body’s frustrations about the lack of

urgency afforded to higher education.

“The state of the nation address and the budget speech did not give

education much attention, therefore this shows that the ANC government does not

have any intention to carry through their Polokwane resolution on


The universities taking part in the protests are: 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 of Technology and the University of

Western Cape.

These nine universities do not represent all South African


“We are focusing on universities that were affected a lot by

financial exclusions, and these are more the former black universities”.

“Tomorrow’s protest actions will start in the participating

universities and on Friday, the Sasco president will lead a national march to

Parliament in Cape Town,” said Ndamase.

Ndamase stressed that they are not fighting yet, “if we do not get

a positive response from government we will include all the universities”.

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