Malema calls for tolerance after clashes at Tshwane campuses

2015-08-26 20:26
(Mpho Raborife, News24)

(Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Tree branches and stones were used as weapons on Tuesday evening at the Tshwane University of Technology's Soshanguve campus when a fight broke out between members of the EFF and rival student group, Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma).

A handful of students were injured after being kicked and beaten with tree branches, all in the name of defending their respective organisations - the EFF or Pasma.

Police released stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

Students had gathered at the Soshanguve campus to listen to EFF leader Julius Malema address them ahead of their Student Representative Council (SRC) election on Thursday.

'Mother of all bashes'

The party won the last election and on Tuesday, Malema promised to bring in A-list performers if they won again.

Among those performers would be hip hop artist Ricky Rick and DJ duo Major League, whom Malema brought to greet the crowd as a teaser.

"This campus is our campus. Once you have delivered, we are going to make sure we throw the mother of all bashes," Malema said.

"You [did] it last year, let's continue with the trend."

The visit to Soshanguve was not the only one met with violence from rival organisations.

Earlier, police and campus security at the university's main campus in Pretoria West had to intervene when members of the SA Students Congress (Sasco) and the EFF clashed.

Bricks were thrown at the crowd gathered around Malema, leaving a student injured and hospitalised, he said.

"When you vote, think of the student who was hit with a brick on main campus today, she is in hospital... You must punish those hooligans.

"It doesn't matter how angry you are with the EFF, you have to have political tolerance, because democracy means political tolerance.

"In solidarity, punish the yellow t-shirts [through voting], teach them a lesson," he said, referring to the clash with Sasco members earlier.

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  pretoria  |  education  |  crime  |  protests

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