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Student crisis: “Zuma needs to show leadership” - Maimane

By Charl Bosch - Oct 22, 2015
Student crisis: “Zuma needs to show leadership” - Maimane

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for a show of leadership from President Jacob Zuma, after protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology students made into the Parliamentary prescient while Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was tabling his mid-term budget yesterday.

“The critical nature of the situation demands decisive leadership and an urgent response from President Jacob Zuma. Government cannot remain silent any longer,” party leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

A reported 30 students, including the sons of UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price and Apostolic Faith Mission President Rev Frank Chikane, were arrested and dozens injured when police fired stun grenades and tear gas after they managed to reach the steps of Parliament in protest against the Department of Higher Education’s blanket six percent fee increase from next year.

Singing the national anthem and chanting “we want Blade”, in reference to Minister Blade Nzimande, dustbins and bottles where then reportedly hurled at riot police who had managed to push them back behind a locked gate.

Coming out to address the students after Nene’s speech had finished, Nzimande was given a resounding jeering by students and had to be escorted away minutes later, after his attempts to address them with a loudspeaker was drowned out by cries of “Blade must go”.

According to the latest reports, protest are set to continue around the country today as of student leaders gather at Luthuli House to discuss ways in ending the crisis.



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