Black First Land First (BLF) calls upon president Zuma and the ANC government to unconditionally drop all charges against students. Scores of students are facing multiple charges for their just struggle for free education and the decolonisation of the university. These students are not criminals but warriors who are carrying out the unfinished business started by black students forty years ago during the Soweto students uprising of June 16, 1976.
Today, amongst other students going to court are the “Azania Six”, who are students and supporters of the Rhodes Must Fall movement at UCT. The “Azania Six” includes BLF’s Secretary of Student’s Affairs, Comrade Lindsay Maasdorp. We call on the state to drop all charges against the “Azania Six” and all other students throughout the nation facing charges for their engagement in the revolutionary struggle regarding the decolonization project.
The following demands of the students are just and must be supported by all:
1. Free Quality Black Centered Socialist Education Now!
2. End Outsourcing Now!
3. Pay Workers A Minimum Wage Of Not Less Than R12 500 Now!
BLF stands with the students in this struggle and calls for a national shut down untill free education is declared. Free education is possible! History just needs a revolutionary push!
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
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