The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) student command has vowed to cause chaos next week at all South African universities should three if three of their demands are not fulfilled.
The president of the EFF student command Mandla Shikwambana said this during his address at a press conference at the Birchwood Hotel, Ekurhuleni.
The organisation demand all institutions of higher learning to allow walk-in registration, to provide free student registration and to cancel historic student debt.
It specifically mentioned three institutions – the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and the University of Venda (UniVen) – for increasing tuition fees for the upcoming academic year.
“We are going to respond harshly on that because our battle is free education for every child of South Africa.”
He further requested on universities to put “serious measures” in place to combat gender-based violence.
“We want to see a plan put in place and being implemented as a matter of urgency. Students are raped at institutions of learning. Campuses must ensure that there is safety at universities…
“It’s high time that we resort to anarchy if nothing is done. We call on our branches to be very strong and to respond harshly on issues of gender-based violence.”
Shikwambana warned that failure to submit to this demands would result in “anarchy’ as the EFF bouncers will be ready to face the police.
“It is high time that we resort to anarchy as the members of the EFF students command if nothing is done. We are going to run all these institutions of higher learning ungovernable if they are not in compliance to our demands (sic).
“There will be serious anarchy. We know they are going to arrest us and we have a plan for that: there will be bouncers behind us. When police come, bouncers will beat them – so we are ready for them and our bouncers are there.”
The EFF organisation also plans to march to the offices of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which Shikwambana said it has stolen funds put in place for students as it has reported irregular expenditures worth R10.3bn in the past two years and by “creating ghost students under false pretence”.
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) was also singled out for alleged corruption. The student command accused higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande of turning a blind eye to it, claiming that people in the government were benefiting.
Shikwambana said UniVen had spent R58m on a swimming pool that could barely accommodate 20 people at one time. He said he believed that money had been siphoned off in the process.
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— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 3, 2020