EFF seeks legal advice against The University of Pretoria

By Drum Digital
31 August 2016

The EFF Student Command is seeking legal action against The University of Pretoria after SRC leader, Luvuyo Menziwa, was suspended for a Facebook post described as "racism" and "hate speech".

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) says they will not take the suspension of a Student Representative Council (SRC) member at the University of Pretoria, Luvuyo Menziwa, slightly.

Menziwa was suspended from the SRC after he posted on Facebook what has been slammed as “racism” and “hate speech”. In the post, Menziwa listed five things why he hated white people: white privilege, white dominance, monopoly capital, white arrogance and white superiority.

The EFFSC spokesperson, Peter Keetse, says they view Menziwa’s suspension as a “political attack” to the EFF. “If you can check, there are 36 fighters on suspension,” he says, adding that the EFF will seek legal advice.

“They are killing the future. It’s clear they want to take a harsh decision of expelling him, the same thing happened with Mabengwane who was suspended from the SRC and then he was not allowed on the university’s premises,” he says, referring to the suspension of former North-West University SRC president Linda “Benz” Mabengwane early this year.

Keetse adds that Menziwa was among student leaders who fought for students during the #FeesMustFall march last year. “They say he is removed from the SRC but he is also sabotaged academically. We cannot allow situations like this one. But we are not discouraged, we will fight on,” he says.

The University of Pretoria’s spokesperson, Anna-Retha Bouwer, says: “An urgent investigation has been launched by the university in terms of its disciplinary code for students.”

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