Shut down the country for free education - Shivambu

2016-10-16 21:20
A heavy police presence at Wits University. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

A heavy police presence at Wits University. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg - EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu on Sunday said the country must shut down until South Africans have free education. 

"Let's shut down South Africa to have free education because it's a necessary battle. Those who brought about political freedom did everything in their power. We need to deal with it differently as well so that we attain free education because that is a critical component to the struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime."

He was speaking after laying charges against the Gupta family and their companies' directors at the Rosebank police station on Sunday.

Shivambu said the EFF would, "continue to provide legal support and logistical support" to students.

The EFF was not apologetic about its support because the students' demands were genuine.

"Let's escalate it to all the centres of political and economic powers."

This comes after student leader Mcebo Dlamini was arrested in the early hours of Sunday. 

Dlamini was arrested at the Wits Universities Junction Residence Complex, the institution confirmed. 

EFF chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu said he could not ascertain what he was being charged with. He said he met with Dlamini at around 2am and would be meeting with the investigating officer later in the day for more clarity on his arrest. 

"'Indications are that he will be appearing in court tomorrow. Charges will be confirmed when I speak to the investigating officer," Mpofu said.  

Dlamini is being detained at Cleveland police station.

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