The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) condemns the violence currently waged in institutions of higher learning in the country. This comes after the traumatic few weeks where the brutal rape and murder of Uyinene highlighted the ongoing femicide and alarming number of violent happenings in our universities and against students.
Students are not safe in universities, especially female students. BLF-SM is devastated by the news of a student stabbed to death in a lecture hall in the University of Durban (DUT) and the shooting of a defenceless student by the police at the University of Zululand (UniZulu). The shooting ironically follows a protest condemning crime by a group of thieves targeting students.
Crime and crime syndicates operating in our universities cannot be treated as normal. ‘Students Are Not Safe’ and this calls for immediate action across all fronts. For how long will we ignore the reports of cars following students at night? For how long will we ignore the alarming number of kidnappings and attempted kidnappings? How long will we ignore the number of students being raped on and off campus?
This is the time where decisive leadership is needed and as such, BLF-SM calls for unity in action with all student formations in the country. The time for popularity and expediency is over. We must now unite against the scourge of femicide, rape, gender-based violence and all forms of violence crippling us at our universities.
Issued by BLF-SM
16 September 2019
BLF-SM National Secretary for Student Affairs
Cell no: 0742467848
Email: [email protected]