#feesmustfall receives blessings

2015-11-19 06:00
 Pastors unleashing the holy spirit over desperate university students who are involved in the ongoing #fees must fall battle that has engulfed the entire nation. PHOTO: voox sonandzi.

Pastors unleashing the holy spirit over desperate university students who are involved in the ongoing #fees must fall battle that has engulfed the entire nation. PHOTO: voox sonandzi.

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The #Fees Must Fall movement received a shot in the arm with blessings from clergy during a service held in Graceland, in Khayelitsha on Sunday.

Addressing members of the African Ministers Independent Churchures Organisation, (Amico) during it’s year end function , University of South Africa ( Unisa) student Khayaletthu Maphikana urged the men of cloth to support their cause.

“We have come here to ask for your support and prayers. Our battle is not yet finished. We want you to pray until people with the right answers do what is right for the nation,” he said.

Maphikana, a working parent, said he was frightened because his own daughter will be studying next year and that meant “double trouble” for him.

“I will have to pay her fees and mine and that will collapse my finances,” he said.

Amico president Reverend Sizwe R Nyobole said they welcomed the student’s plea.

“It took students to change the hsitory back in 1976 and now we are witnessing a similar situation. We prayed for the apartheid regime to fall and we will pray even now so that our government can fix what is wrong with our education,” said Nyobole.

Reverend Ntomboxolo Malangeni said “God’s word is powerful”.

“We support these students because we identify with their pain. Khayalethu speaks like a parent and as a student and you can see the pain in him,” she said.

Rev Malangeni said they will meet with students during the week and plot a way forward.

“This is a call for action and we will do whatever it is that God wants us to do. The students were sent into the church because answers lie with God,” she added.

.Meanwhile UWC remained closed on Monday after students set the Reslife building alight.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) would also remain closed until further notice.

On Monday morning the Reslife building at UWC was set alight while security booths outside the Kovacs building were also set on fire.

“Three protesters were arrested in this regard. The suspects were caught at the Reslife building.

“The university condemns these attacks and reiterates its call for protesters to desist from committing acts of violence, vandalism, intimidation and arson,” said UWC spokesman Luthando Tyhalibongo.

Despite the chaos, more than 400 final-year students wrote their final exams.

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