Student leaders ask Cosatu for help

2016-09-23 19:19
Former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini. (News24)

Former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini. (News24)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has allowed police to brutalise students, Wits University’s SRC leader told Cosatu on Friday.

"We are here to challenge our black president who is allowing our fathers to kill us. They were once in our situation. They know the pain of being harassed by police," Kefentse Mkhari said.

He was addressing Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and SACP second deputy secretary general Solly Mapaila outside the trade union federation’s office in central Johannesburg. Hundreds of students were there.

Student leader Mcebo Dlamini told them to encourage workers to join students in their fight for free education.

"We are here to ask Cosatu when are they mobilising our parents? We want them to walk the talk. We want them to stop talking to media. We want them to take to the streets."

Dlamini warned police against assaulting students. He said just like in the United States of America, black students would become the enemy of police.

"Police must stop with their brutality. The police are bloodthirsty. We don't have police, we have vampires. Our brothers are being slaughtered.”

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