27 July 2015
The South African Students’ Congress (SASCO) calls on all TVET Colleges to intensify the strikes in demand of Free Quality Education across the country. We appeal on our comrades to interpret this as a call for aggressive mass mobilisation rather than vandalism of our institutions.
We embark in these protests after an observation that the government does not take student demands with the seriousness and urgency they deserve. The strikes have been generated by the following grievances, which cut across all colleges:
The call is for all our colleges to intensify these protests and ensure that they are adequately felt at the echelons of power in Pretoria. All our campuses are affected by these challenges and there appears to be no work towards their resolution.
This call should also not be interpreted to mean the disruption of the examination that are currently taking place in Engineering. We have had an engagement with most of the campuses on exams and they have committed to joining the protest afterwards. This is thus an appeal to our comrades to release the Engineering students to write whilst increasing the tempo for the strikes.
We wish to confirm that starting from today, the following campuses will be embarking on the protests:
Northern Cape Province
Free State Province
Due to the deafening silence of the government on the resolution of our issues, we are left with no choice but to opt for this painful route. Many of us will be persecuted by the institutions managers but we should know that repression is a visible sign of the enemies chickening and a desperate attempt to enforce surrender on our part. We should soldier on with outmost discipline, vigilance and dedication for victory is certain!
Issued by the NEC of SASCO
For more information contact
Ntuthuko Makhombothi(President) on 0718752209
Luzuko Buku ( Secretary General) on 0718793258