Free education or jail - Wits EFF leader

2016-04-04 16:00
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Johannesburg - The state wants students to be beggars because it doesn't want to give them a free education, an EFF student command leader said at the University of Witswatersrand on Monday.

Vuyani Pambo said protesters at the institution were asking for students not to be excluded or suspended on a basis of money.

"We will continue to fight. It is either free education or jail," Pambo told a group of protesters.

"Let us find each other, across political lines and borders. Unity is what we need right now."

Pambo said the students were not protesting with their mouths closed, because they were not thugs.

Protesters earlier overturned pot plants at the institution's Senate House.

The students also made their way to the main gate, where they chanted "Fees Must Fall" to police who were blocking their way.

The university management has increased security at the campus and urged staff and students to keep calm and report incidents to campus control.

No injuries have been reported. However, a fight broke out while students were protesting at the main gate.

Classes were disrupted and some windows on campus were broken. Fire extinguishers were used by the protesters.

Police have been deployed across the campus to control the situation.

Read more on:    wits  |  eff  |  johannesburg  |  education  |  university protests

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