Pretoria | Freedom Front Plus Gauteng youth leader, Jean Kriek, condemned the ANC’s youth league’s violent actions on the Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria campus on Wednesday. “They are no longer protestors, they are criminals that need to be dealt with swiftly by the South African Police force”, said Kriek.
“It’s hard to remember when last the TUT campus had any kind of functioning academic program. Every time the campus opens its doors, it must be closed again because of thuggery.
“University officials have tried on numerous occasions to engage with protesting students to resolve issues. Protesting students, however, have declined to engage in any form of meaningful dialogue with officials.
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) made an executive decision to suspend campus activities yesterday.
“Why are the students wearing ANC-branded clothing while protesting on campus?” Kriek asked.
“Academic institutions have a responsibility to educate students. If the ANC youth league has a problem, they should not disturb the workings of TUT but rather take their protest to Luthuli House. Academic institutions are not political playgrounds.
“We ask the South African Police Service and the Gauteng Department of Education to protect students constitutional right to education. Students who take part in violence actions on campuses must be arrested,” Kriek said.