Government fails to listen to students - Frene Ginwala

2016-11-05 13:36
Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Johannesburg – Government has not done enough to listen to students in their call for free and quality education, struggle stalwart Frene Ginwala said on Friday.

"There has been a lack of urgency and lack of vision and imagination in resolving this crisis in the sector," Ginwala said while reading out a statement signed by a group of women standing in solidarity with students.  

Ginwala was speaking at the old women's prison at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, in a call to action against police brutality.

Ginwala said institutions had been left to manage the crisis with the only support being the security apparatus.

The women believed that political leaders have failed students, and have fuelled a "deepening" cycle of violence.

The group of women included singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and businesswoman Zanele Mbeki, wife of former president Thabo Mbeki.

They called on the SA Human Rights Commision and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to investigate instances of unprovoked violence against students

Campuses across the country came to a standstill shortly after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced on September 19 that universities could determine their own fee increases for 2017, as long as they did not exceed 8%.

The poor and "missing middle" would not have to pay the increase. This applied to about 70% of all undergraduates across the country.

Some students were not impressed and took to the streets and shut down campuses.

Violence broke out at some universities, and a number of students were among those arrested during clashes with police and security guards.

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