As the latest #FeesMustFall protests unleash more violence, local celebrities including The Soil’s vocalist Buhle Mda are sharing their concerns over the disturbing reports.
In fact, a bunch of celebrities have recently taken to social media to speak out about the chaos on campuses. This comes after reports of police brutality became part of the protests which started off peacefully.
Xhosa singer Simphiwe Dana, in her usual outspoken manner, took to Instagram on Monday to condemn the police ‘brutality’ in the #FeesMustFall protests at Wits University. Moreover, she blamed the institution’s vice-chancellor Adam Habib for feeling less concerned about the needs of the students.
“This is getting out of control. Habib’s failure to lead and the resultant incessant violence towards protesting students is unacceptable and embarrassing in a democracy.”
“The university says it believes in free education, but terrorizes those that fight for free education. We need an intervention now. Please,” she wrote.
Thus, taking to the comments section, The Soil’s vocalist Buhle Mda Buhle shared similar sentiments. Buhle maintained that the authorities are not listening to the students championing the #FeesMustFall protests.
“It’s so sad because no one is willing to listen. I’m so over this country,” she wrote.
Actor Siv Ngesi and rapper AKA are also among celebs who spoke out in the wake of the violent protests. AKA opted for a more peaceful way to end the matter before we start losing lives.
“PLEASE, surely we can’t let it get to the point where young ones are dying. Where Policemen/woman are dying. Is that where we are headed?” he tweeted.
“Prayers to the students, fighting for what they believe in … Prayers to the Policemen & women, who are mothers & fathers and too.”
The stand-off between security personnel and students took a crazy turn on Monday afternoon when students threw stones in protest. As a result, police officers resorted to using tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to disperse the angry protesting students.