Zuma addresses nation

Zuma orders police cluster to “deal with the mayhem” at SA’s universities

Ominous much?

Zuma addresses nation

See, when you make relatively open-ended statement like “deal with the mayhem” and “within the constructs of the law,” you’re creating a scenario where folks can interpret certain provisions – like obstruction of justice or assaulting a police officer – in whichever way they choose. This, in turn, could lead to more of what we saw at Rhodes earlier this week.

Nevertheless, News24 reports that the president has instructed the justice, crime prevention and security cluster to take care of the troublemakers who’re vandalising university property, according to Jeff Radebe, minister in the presidency.

Radebe said Zuma would be meeting with cabinet members from within the cluster on Thursday.

“Law enforcement agencies, who are acting within the confines of the law, will leave no stone unturned in finding those responsible for the criminal activities witnessed,” he said; adding that government had already freed up an extra 18% to add to the 2016/17 education budget, and contributed a further R1.9 billion towards the R2.3 billion shortfall caused by last year’s #FeesMustFall demands.

Minister Radebe said government agrees with an 8% capped fee increase for next year, but that additional assistance would be given to poor and working class students.

“Cabinet is deeply concerned. We spent a lot of time discussing this issue,” he said.

“That is one of the reasons the president is meeting with the cluster; so he can have the full briefing, taking into account that a person has already died at Wits and the destruction of property, etc.”

According to Radebe, around 677 000 learners will be matriculating at the end of the year and the current #FeesMustFall protesters are burning infrastructure the new student will be relying on.

There approximately 677 000 pupils who are going to matriculate this year, he said.

“What future lies ahead of them in 2017 when libraries and infrastructure are being destroyed?”

Radebe said that while protests were an essential part of democracy, they have gotten out of hand.