Chaos at DUT after students taunt Juju

2014-04-26 00:00

POLICE used pepper spray to separate ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters at DUT’s Steve Biko campus yesterday, minutes after Julius Malema addressed students.

The drama started when the ANC-aligned students taunted Malema, whose security was increased following the disruption of his address at the University of KZN on Thursday, as he left the lecture hall.

Then the two groups of students supporting either party started singing revolutionary songs and confronted each other.

Police stepped in and pepper spray was used to split the rival groups.

Earlier, Malema said the money spent on security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home could have been used for other purposes.

He told those gathered that former president Nelson Mandela never built a kraal at a cost of R1 million for his cattle.

Malema said the R1 million spent on the kraal at Zuma’s homestead should have been used to finance needy and deserving students.

He also poked fun at the R2,8 million spent on constructing a swimming pool at Zuma’s homestead.

The EFF leader said the swimming pool was built at a time when some children did not have shoes to go to school, when scores of people lived in shacks and others slept without a meal.

“We can’t allow that rot to continue.”

He accused the ANC of running out of ideas and copying things done by the EFF.

An example of this was when Zuma’s cousin had asked for a house after Zuma could not provide him with one, but ANC-aligned people started digging a foundation for the house while the EFF had been drawing up building plans, he said.

“That house is built because of Julius Malema. Everything we do they come after us. They have no ideas. They copy everything we do.”

Malema mocked Zuma, once a political champion for the South African National Aids Council, for sleeping with an HIV positive woman and claiming a shower afterwards had prevented him from getting HIV/Aids.

“How do you sleep with an HIV positive person and then go take a shower? It is confirmation of someone without a mind,” he said.

“We are subjected to mediocre people who can’t think. If you want to be part of them, you are welcome.”

He said it was within the power of the students to vote wisely on May 7.

Meanwhile, former Mkhonto we Sizwe cadre Louise Colvin defended the “Sidikiwe, Vukani No Vote” campaign during a debate attended by EFF supporters, including policy head Floyd Shivambu, at UKZN’s Howard College campus.

“This is about a protest against what went wrong in government and the ANC. State institutions are [being ravaged] by corruption and cronyism,” Colvin said.

She said the campaign sought to take votes away from the ANC in order to stop its hegemony.

She said this could be done by voting tactically through the spoiling of ballots or by voting for other parties.

ANC should use the name of President Jacob Zuma to canvass votes rather than Nelson Mandela, she said.

“If Zuma has a credentials that are so beautiful, if Zuma has track record that is so beautiful, why are they afraid to say, let’s do it for Zuma?” she asked.

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