Wits #FeesMustFAll march to Con Court postponed

By Drum Digital
24 October 2016

The student protest to the Constitutional Court has been postpone. Benjamin Phehla will be commemorated.

A crowd of students and domestic staff is gathered outside the Wits University Great Hall singing struggle songs and uncertain of what their next move will be.

This is after police officers threatened to intercede if student decide to participate in an illegal march to the Constitutional Court.

SRC Secretary General Fasiha Hassan says the initial plan was to march to the Con Court where they would deliver a memorandum to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who she says is ready to receive the document.

“We will be handing over two memorandums, one calling for free education and the other calling for an end to police brutality,” she says.

“We want to postpone the march till Wednesday because our comrades in the Western Cape will be marching to parliament on the same day. We want to march in symbolic solidarity.”

Hassan says, in addition to opening a case with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, they have also lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

They are calling for the Constitutional Court to intervene and protect their right to protest in a democratic society.

Student Leader, Shaeera Kalla, is still in hospital receiving treatment after she was shot at close range with rubber bullets.

Media reports initially stated that she was shot nine times, but Hassan confirms that she was shot 13 times and is being treated for swelling around her spine.

Hassan says, in addition to marching to the Con Court on Wednesday, some students will be attending the memorial service of Tshwane University of Technology student leader Lesego Benjamin Phehla who was run over by a car during fees protests on Friday.

Nathi Mncube, spokesperson at The Office of the Chief Justice says they cannot comment on the matter until they receive the memorandum.

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