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This is what Julius Malema had to say about #FeesMustFall

Minutes before he was served papers to appear in court on charges of trespassing and riotous assembly related to alleged actions in 2014, the Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters, held a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Braamfontein. On the agenda, Pravin Gordhan, the decline of the ANC (obvs),  and the continuing student protests. 

1. Julius Malema reiterated the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters for the students’ protest.

“The EFF is unapologetically behind the student struggles in all South African universities and universities of technology for the provision of free, quality education.”

2. He says free education is possible, but the current government will not make it happen.

“We want to categorically state that under the current government, free education will not be provided for. This is evident by the fact that the interministerial committee constituted by Mr Zuma to respond to the genial demands for free education includes the Minister of Police, Intelligence and Defence meaning that the only thing this government is prepared to give is violent suppression of legitimate and sensible demands for free education at Higher Education level.”

3. He also warned against further violent crackdowns on students

“We call on all the police and security forces to act with restraint because South Africa does not want another Marikana massacre inflicted on students by the violent and murderous regime of the ANC,” he said.

4. The EFF leadership is not afraid to be on the picket lines

“The students have made it very clear, they do not want political leaders there. They are capable enough to handle Fees Must Fall on their own. They don’t want it politicised. They don’t want it hijacked for political reasons, otherwise we would have been there ourselves,” Malema said.

5. Students should not be discouraged

“Pain will always be there, but after the pain you will all rejoice and say you worked very hard. Not only you, but the many generations that are going to come after you. They will salute you and they will hold you in high regard like they do with 1976. Don’t be discouraged by rubber bullets, the holding cells or the teargas,” he said.

6. According to Juju, ANC-aligned student organisations are not to be trusted.

“ANC aligned students formation cannot be relied on. Rely on the Fees Must Fall movement, rely on the EFF Student Command. They are there to ensure that this genuine cause is achieved in our lifetime,” Malema said.

7. The EFF will be presenting its own funding model for free higher education.

“The EFF will soon be tabling a proposal on how free education should be financed in South Africa and this proposal will need the unwavering support of all sectors of society inclusive of workers, the corporate sectors, civil society, students and the government. There is money in South Africa to fund free education for all,” Malema said.

8. The protests in support of Pravin Gordhan on November 2 in Pretoria will include the demand for free education. This is the list of demands as tabled by the CIC:

  • The South African government must provide free quality education at higher education level from 2017 onwards
  • Jacob Zuma must immediately step down as president of South Africa
  • The Guptas must be disconnected from all contracts and must immediately leave South Africa
  • Shaun Abrahams must immediately step down from the NPA.
Featured image by Mohammed Jameel Abdulla
5 Comments
  1. Lucky mahlare says

    South Africa has enough money for free education, ministers spend millions to find thier personal luxury life. Millions disappears and millions paid for nkandla and Zuma family. billions are paid to grand and country won’t benefit much from that, better to fund education than encouraging un-educated womans to gave birth. And prisoners must enjoy our taxes but they have to be punished then they will not enjoy going back to prison.expenses for prisoners won’t be that much then we can try to fund universities. Lucky Mahlare . Daveyton

    1. shennaaz says

      well said.keep it up

    2. shennaaz says

      yes i agree

  2. #tag fees must fall,and zuma must stepdown he don’t deserve to be our president in S.A.Student must get quality education because south africa suffered alot during the past 40 years and even now they suffering because of poor leadership that are existing in mozanzi,student are shooted for thier rights of access to education for no reason while corruption is increasing everyday by ministers that are appointed to save our country to be a peaceful environment. The question is who we blame as people of south africa without our poor leadership that we have and justice must play thier role but how because they are controlled by the ruling party and on the other side unemployment is very huge with 60-70% of south african population while south africa have satified natural resources that found in this country.south africa like to encourage elements that don’t have purpose and forget about thier priorities which are crucial to thier country,we have democracy but it seems like we still fighting for our democracy i respect or salute the leadership of honourable president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Thabo Mbeki with the job they have done for south africans than our current ANC president who stole from us.my advise is leadership that have 65 or more they must be removed from parliment because thier visions are no longer have fucture for this country because thier minds were damaged by apartheid regime i mean thier minds are tired need to be rest so that they tell thier children and grandchildren stories that was happened during apartheid so that thier children don’t allow same things happen to them i mean mistakes that they have done that lead to suffer and not to take the path that thier grandmothers and fathers took before democracy.police must do thier job not escouting students and not preventing student for thier rights for access to free education and students must not burn thier university because they are thier fucture they must have clean protest,but this ruling party is annoying because they want to dictate every they have negotiations and must stop right now because neighbours countries are benefitting when this disgusting violent are happening in this country also investors they have lack of confidence if our leadership is failing to meet people needs.also Thuli Madonzela was good since she was selected as public protector she did her job accurately without scandals i wish her good lucky well done mama madonzela you deserve more awards for job you did for this country.

  3. thereal says

    So, he warbles on about not politicizing the student protests, and then proceeds to politicize it straight after. Is he South África’s Donald Trump or is Donald Trump the US’s Julius Malema? It’s difficult to tell.

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