Our movement Black First Land First (BLF) fully supports the students struggle of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
The students struggle is just and it’s demands reasonable. For two weeks the students were engaged in peaceful protest for free education and an end to the evil outsourcing process. For two weeks the TUT management responded with repression (bringing armed private security onto campus and suspending student leaders), with divide and rule tactics (getting SASCO to abandon the students and join management just like the homeland leaders under apartheid) and with indifference (non compliance with students demands).
Furthermore, the university has now been unilaterally closed as a mechanism to break the spirit of the students and isolate students leaders. We ask why must students leave campus? Why is management running away from finding solutions?
BLF stands with the students in their refusal to leave campus. We call upon the Vice Chancellor to open dialogue with students without further waste of time.
To the TUT warriors, remember there is no struggle without sacrifices. Keep strong, keep struggling!
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
9 March 2016
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