BLF REJECTS ZERO PERCENT INCREASE IN FEES AND CALLS FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE NATIONAL SHUT DOWN

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Black First Land First (BLF) rejects the zero percent increase announced by President Jacob Zuma yesterday. The students were struggling for free education as expressed in the call “fees must fall” and not a zero percent increase.

The students placed two demands which were both not met. Firstly, free education now! and secondly, an end to outsourcing! The President has only postponed the funding difficulty to next year. Where will students get money for 2016 when they already can’t afford the high fees they paid in 2015?

FB_IMG_1445623671759BLF salutes the brave students who woke the nation to the difficulty of higher education for black students in particular. These students give the nation hope for revolutionary change.

BLF also notes the new campaign to demonise the brave students of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) by sections of the media and reactionaries who are selling the sell-out zero percent increase as victory. The TUT students were resolute in their mission to occupy the Union Buildings and they viewed the zero percent increase as a sell-out position. The TUT students rightfully view this supposed ‘victory’ as a compromise.  The zero percent increase is not victory, it is a terrible betrayal of students and their righteous struggle to decolonise society.

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Furthermore, BLF notes with regret that the second demand (no outsourcing) has been abandoned by the captured student leaders. We encourage students to continue with the national shut down and reject the zero percent increase because it provides for zero benefits. The end of the protest must be dependent on the end to outsourcing.

BLF also calls on students to reject the collaborationist leadership which has compromised the students struggle and demands. These collaborators have pulled a CODESA 3 with students struggles. The struggle for #FeesMustFall is a struggle for free education and has not been achieved. The only thing to celebrate is the power of students but there are no victories yet therefore it’s Aluta Continua till fees Fall!

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We call on all students to return to the battle field!

“Tell no lies, claim no easy victories.” – Amilcar Cabral

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT

24 October 2015

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@­gmail.com

Zanele Lwana

(National Spokesperson)

Cell: +27 79 486 9087 Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.co­m

Lindsay Maasdorp

(National Spokesperson)

Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Mail: lgmaasdorp@hotmail.c­om

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