South African Students Congress

Police must stop harrassing students

24 March 2010

We fully support the student protests at the Durban University of Technology in demand of more accommodation and the lowering of high food prices offered by the non-cafeteria in that institution. We are satisfied by the rapid response from the Department of Higher Education and Training.

We extremely disgusted by the unjustifiable violence on unarmed students by trigger-happy police. Instead of focusing on chasing criminals, these lazy police are exhausting their energy attacking even innocent students. Ironically this is taking place a few days after we celebrated human rights. Does all the talk about human rights exclude students or is it all just empty rhetoric?

We are worried that there is an increasing trend by Police to use apartheid era tactics in dealing with mass protests. We hope these are not the results of the "shoot to kill" strategy that has been articulated in the recent past. Our society is sick and tired of police harassment.

We demand that the students that were arrested yesterday must be released unconditionally and police must apologise for this dastardly act against these students. Only service delivery and not police brutality will bring an end to protests. The sooner our government and institutions realize that the better.

For details Contact

Mbulelo Mandlana (President)
071 879 3408
Lazola Ndamase (Secretary General)
082 679 8718