KZN STUDENTS UNITE IN THE #FEESMUSTFALL MARCH
Written by: Ndumiso Nxumalo
Students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Durban University of Technology (DUT) joined forces in the #FeesMustFall march from Curries Fountain to Durban City Hall on Tuesday.
Over 300 police were deployed to guide the march.
A memorandum of demands was submitted to the Durban Chambers of Commerce and Industry and to the mayor’s office. The demands included a plea for police to be trained accordingly to deal with victims of abuse against women.
Another demand stated that all charges against student activists be dropped, and that all arrested students must be released immediately.
Students have also requested to meet with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and all businesses in Durban before Friday the 14th October 2016, to discuss how businesses will play a role in the #feesmustfall campaign.
Speaking on behalf of the Mayoral Office, Nkosenhle Madlala said that they have signed the memorandum and will review all concerns.
“We accept the memorandum brought to us, and the demands that are not for us, we will forward to the specific departments and we will review the police issue,” said Madlala.
Speaking for the students of DUT, Philani Gazuzu Ndluli said that they are now tired of always producing a memorandum and at the end of the day, their grievances are not addressed.
“Students, when we move from here, we are going shut down the campuses as from tomorrow until our demands are met,” said Gazuzu.
The march was occupied by civil organisations, pastors and the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA). Bishop Mike said that the student’s memorandum is going to be their agenda in their church.
“I’m going to make sure that the memorandum is being discussed. I believe that free education is possible and working together we can achieve it,” said Bishop Mike.
“We will support you and God will bless you. We won’t disappear after this march, we are with you because we are parents,” concluded Bishop Mike.
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