Steven Tau
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23 May 2016
12:24 pm

EFFSC mum on future free education lectures

Steven Tau

'Yes, there will be protests at some of the universities...protests will never end until everyone has access to tertiary education,' Morolane said.

Protestors run up the road outside the entrance to the VUT campus where security is preventing protesters from entering the premises on 11 May 2016. Students were protesting against the security company contracted to protect the campus. PHOTO: Jacques Nelles

The EFF Students Command (EFFSC) says it will not reveal any further details around its planned public lectures and protest action strategies at some of the country’s institutions of higher learning.

This after The Citizen ran a story on Saturday, with the Department of Higher Education and Training claiming to have been tipped off about the EFFSC’s plans to go and burn the University of Limpopo (formerly known a Turfloop).

The department further revealed that, according to its sources the burning of property belonging to universities, was part of a much bigger political agenda which seeks to overthrow the government of the day.

This past weekend, the EFFSC held its first of a series of public lectures with the aim of conscientising students about “free education”.

When contacted by The Citizen on Monday morning, EFFSC president Mpho Morolane said the lecture went well, but refused to say when the next lecture will be and where it will be staged.

“From now on, we will not divulge any information regarding our strategies because some people would want to stop us from doing what we want to do.

“Yes, there will be protests at some of the universities…protests will never end until everyone has access to tertiary education and free education is the way to go,” Morolane said.

Meanwhile the department has since urged vice-chancellors to spend less time in the officer and be on high alert in the wake of ongoing incidents of destruction of property at institutions of higher learning.

In recent weeks, buildings belonging the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) were set alight, allegedly by disgruntled students.

All academic activities were suspended for the whole of last week at VUT, and classes are likely to resume sometime this week.

On Monday morning, VUT said it will issue a statement on when exactly classes will resume.

-stevent@citizen.co.za