EFF using students as cannon fodder: ANC

2015-08-26 22:19
TUT Sacso members defiantly singing umshin'wam on campus as Malema addresses EFF members ahead of the SRC elections. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

TUT Sacso members defiantly singing umshin'wam on campus as Malema addresses EFF members ahead of the SRC elections. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - The ANC accused the EFF of using students as cannon fodder after stun grenades were fired during a campus clash on Wednesday between rivals for the Student Representative Council (SRC).

"The ANC condemns, in the harshest possible terms, the incidence of violence that took place at the Tshwane University of Technology's [TUT] Pretoria West Campus earlier today [Wednesday]," the party said.

"Today's activities follows similar anarchy, with the EFF again at the centre, at Wits University [last week]. During that incident the victims of the EFF's lawlessness and hooliganism was a non-political body called Project W; today the EFF is once again involved in a fracas and they attack the students of the TUT."

This demonstrated that the EFF did not hold democracy in high regard, the ANC said.

"They do not have the interests of the students at heart except as to use them as cannon fodders [sic], marshalled with phrases such as 'Fighters Attack', for the purposes of narrow political grandstanding."

The party called on universities to protect students' rights to elect the SRC of their choice, and for students to unite against "this form of dictatorship".

Earlier on Wednesday, police fired stun grenades at TUT to disperse clashing supporters of the EFF and the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma).
Some students were injured after being kicked, or hit with branches.

The students had gathered to listen to EFF leader Julius Malema, whose party is represented at university level as the EFF Student Command (EFFSC).

Last week, the University of the Witwatersrand suspended eight students when a pre-election debate went awry and had to be stopped. It also de-recognised the EFFSC and would not allow EFF candidates to participate in the elections.

The EFF has challenged this in court and hope to have judgment by Thursday. The EFFSC has been recognised again.

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