The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) recognises that the year 2016 has seen the victimisation of students and workers across South Africa for their participation in protest action during #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing late last year and this year.
Our movement Black First Land First (BLF) fully supports the students struggle of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
The students struggle is just and it’s demands reasonable. For two weeks the students were engaged in peaceful protest for free education and an end to the evil outsourcing process. For two weeks the TUT management responded with repression (bringing armed private security onto campus and suspending student leaders), with divide and rule tactics (getting SASCO to abandon the students and join management just like the homeland leaders under apartheid) and with indifference (non compliance with students demands).
Prof Lourens R van Straden
Tshwane University of Technology
Dear Prof van Straden
I write to you mandated by the joint leadership structures of the TUT SRC who are engaged in the struggle for free education and an end to outsourcing in your university. We met last night (Friday, 04 March) up to this morning. We were able to address two mass meetings on Soshanguve campuses of TUT in this period. The leaders of PASMA, SADESMO, EFF and SCO all engaged us with the view of bringing attention to the serious situations students are faced with and the totally unhelpful response from you and the university management. We were shocked to learn that you have suspended the authentic leaders of the students and basically refused to talk to the SRC. We were shocked to learn that you have decided to divide the student leadership by turning SASCO into prefects who represent not the wishes and interests of students, but rather those of management.