The IFP Youth Brigade is extremely concerned at the escalating acts of violence and perpetual violence to property at institutions of higher learning throughout the country.
The IFPYB reiterates its strongest condemnation of the violence and destruction of property which has become a defining feature of the #FeesMustFall movement.
This kind of behavior is irrational and contrary to the ideals of what South Africa wants and deserves.
It is becoming increasingly clear that criminal elements purporting to be student leaders and activists have taken over the noble and genuine concerns of students turning them into a criminal protest.
The support we are giving to students is conditional; we support their cause but not the violence which now characterizes these protest.
The progressive vision of access, inclusion, transformation and free education must not be held to ransom by the violence of wolves in sheep’s skin.
We call on students to protect their strike and their interest from unruly elements whose agenda is to divert attention from the question of fees.
This matter must now come off the street and be taken back to the table for a constructive discussion of all relevant stakeholders. The shutdown of institutions is not a solution. Universities must be open, and the processes of lecturing and learning must continue.
The violence must stop and learning must continue; the doors of learning must be open.
The law enforcement agencies must arrest criminals who destruct and destroy property.
Let us build not destroy!
The placatory rhetoric and half measure responses to the student fees crisis have exposed the weaknesses of public participation in the decision-making process of government.
Therefore, the IFPYB is calling on President Zuma to in terms of Section 84(2)(g) of the Constitution to call a national referendum on the question of free education. We are prevailing on the President as Head of State and Head of the National Executive to do so because of the crisis that is about to unfold in SA.
The IFPYB believes that this is no longer a party political question but a national question which the citizens, the taxpayers in particular, must answer, and bring this matter to a logical and final conclusion.
For further information, please contact:
Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson
071 111 0539