Alright, it’s my bad. The headline is slightly misleading, albeit truthful. It’s what our sweet President said, but not how he said it.
His Excellency again, pleaded for calm and restraint at all higher education campuses across the country over the #FeesMustFall movement.
Daddy Zuma said he’s deeply troubled by the violence the students have engendered in expressing their dissatisfaction.
He begged university management, parents, students and the public at large to work with the government and find a solution that will forever, bury the #FeesMustFall movement.
With that, he reiterated that the government is committed to advancing access to education for all South Africans.
Thereafter, Mr Zuma extended his condolences to the family of Celumusa Ntuli who died as a result of the actions of protesting students at the Wits University.
He afterwards, charged the students to respect the rights of those who are not taking part in the protests.
“All citizens have the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, demonstrate, picket and present petitions,” he said.
And then, added that “protesters should at all times adhere to the Constitution when undertaking protest action.
“We urge the students to exercise this right in a responsible manner,” stated President Zuma.
Above all, he warned that government has instructed crime fighters to protect South Africans and ensure safety in the country.
“We have…directed members of the South African Police Service to act strictly within the confines of the law and the Constitution as they discharge their duties of ensuring the safety and security of all, as well as protecting lives and property,” remarked Mr President.
Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance party has cautioned that the closure of the universities is a step in the wrong direction. It won’t resolve the fee issues. Instead, it will cause many disadvantages, DA argued.
“It will lead to a decline in University standing, financial pressure on University budgets, massive inconvenience and possibly loss of employment opportunities for students about to graduate,” stated the opposition party.