#FeesMustFall is a gift to SA - pastor

2015-11-12 19:04
Protesters continue to set things alight at UWC. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Protesters continue to set things alight at UWC. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town – The #FeesMustFall student movement was a gift to the country, the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum chairperson said on Thursday.

Pastor Xola Skosana told parents and students gathered in Bellville that religious leaders offered their support and were not confused about what was going on at campuses.

“This country is in transition, 1994 was just the beginning. Everybody must embrace the moment the students have given to us,” he said.

“It is not a personal struggle or a vendetta… it is a gift to the country that will move us all forward to the future we want.”

The students’ “sheer talent, restraint and unbelievable leadership” had left him amazed.

He insisted the chaos that erupted at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Wednesday was the result of a “sickening” email that angered students.

“The chair of the council [Mthunzi Mdwaba] sent a very reckless email that rubbished everything that has happened at UWC for two weeks.”

Sixteen UWC students were granted bail in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. They were arrested on Wednesday after clashes with police on campus. 

Three students were hospitalised for injuries to the hand, head and face. Four security guards were also injured.
Protesters had started fires, broken windows and set alight furniture.

The higher education and training department on Thursday condemned the disruption of exams at UWC.

Spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said they had been in contact with the university and were monitoring the situation.

“The act of this grouping constitutes a criminal act and law enforcement agencies must continue to play a role. We continue to affirm the right of students to protest if they so wish, but that right is accompanied by a responsibility not to violate other people’s right and damage to property.”

Nkwanyana insisted management should involve police where disruptions and criminal acts occurred.

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