Wits students again took the streets of Braamfontein on Thursday, continuing their verbalize against financial exclusion and historic debt, and their verbalize for free education and decolonisation of universities.
On Wednesday, the verbalize took a tragic turn as bystander Mthokozisi Ntumba was shot dead, allegedly by police.
Ntumba’s death stoked the fires and remained a stark reminder at some point of various leadership speeches. A group of protesters laid a formal complaint of police brutality around midday.
The demonstration then moved towards Luthuli home to bring a memorandum. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule met protesters open air the historic constructing and condemned the latest violence.
“I agree, their demands are right and we ought to calm never wait to hear after they roar, after they fight, unless any person dies,” Magashule said.
A separate group of EFF scholar command-led protesters took to the streets of Braamfontein, blocking off roads, closing retailers and causing delays in the inside of-city late afternoon traffic.
The day’s protests remained largely peaceful. Pupil protesters have vowed to continue the demonstrations unless their demands are met.
by Emile Bosch