ANC Eastern Cape Chief Whip at Bhisho Mzoleli Mrara moves motion to support #feesmustfall

OCTOBER 22, 2015

African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Mzoleli Mrara, on Thursday moved a motion without notice - in terms of Rule 130 of the Standing Rules of the Legislature, on the student #feesmustfall protests that have engulfed campuses and cities across South Africa.

Mrara’s motion was coincidentally moved at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) - where students are also protesting. The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature held a sitting there as part of its four day visit to the Metro.

Read the full motion below:

MOTION WITHOUT NOTICE IN TERMS OF RULE 130 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE LEGISLATURE

I move without notice in terms of Rule 130 of the Standing Rules of the Legislature that this House:

  • Noting the ongoing student protests at the Universities under the hashtag #feesmust fall,
  • Noting that one of the pillars of the apartheid project was a well-resourced education system for the whites authored by Dr Hendrik Verwoerd who established a Black Education Department in the Department of Native Affairs with blacks being given an education system suitable for them to work for their masters,
  • Noting that during apartheid years the people of this country united against Bantu Education under the banner "Education for peoples' power",
  • Noting that students mobilised to fight against an evil system of Racism in Education, that discriminated against students, especially black students in all respect in the Universities in the country,
  • Noting that today under this democracy, all students across colour enjoy constitutional rights such as the Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Choice and Association.
  • Noting that the exorbitant fees charged by the universities are exclusionary for the black majority.

That this House resolves:

  • To support the efforts by the student across our universities to fight against the exorbitant fees levied by various Universities,
  • Discourage any form of violence and destruction of property by students who are involved in the campaign for the affordable fees,
  • Encourage a spirit of dialogue between the students and leadership of various institutions in order to find an amicable and permanent solution,
  • Discourage exclusionist approach such as point system, means test and similar tests that are mainly targeting black students,
  • Encourage the spirit of consultation between student formations and university management in the budgetary and other processes;
  • Encourage that the review of the funding model especially the NSFAS is in order to ensure that it responds to the needs of all the students.

So I Move

By Hon. Mr Mrara 

Image: Chuma ‏@Chuma_MZN 

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How EFF were thrown out of the National Assembly when they joined the #feesmustfall protest courtesy of Tribe2tribes Youtube Channel