Take free education ‘by force’: Fees Must Fall activist

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JOHANNESBURG – Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile called on fellow Durban University of Technology (DUT) students never to surrender in their fight for free education.

Khanyile was addressing first-year students following his graduation.

“We are going to get free education by force; students will register for free by force; we are going to print for free by force. We are going to ensure that the lives of our brothers and sisters run properly,” he said.

Khanyile said the fight for free education is not over and that government has enough money to fully fund tertiary education.

“All students must rally behind a call of free education. In South Africa there’s money, the money is eaten by politicians, by Baba Ka-Duduzane and Cyril Ramaphosa. We are not going to surrender the struggle of free education in South Africa. We are not going to surrender the struggle of students.

“We say president (Jacob) Zuma introduced free education… students who were first years were made to pay a registration fee. When we were demanding a refund they called us hooligans. We want to put it on record that the vice-chancellor can deploy an army, we are demanding a refund for students who paid registration,” he said.

Khanyile and several other student leaders still face criminal charges related to student protests.

The National Prosecuting Authority is pushing for him to be jailed on various charges including incitement to violence and participating in an illegal gathering.

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