South Africa 19.1.2016 11:47 am

Churches Council hold meeting with student leaders

Picture: Christine Vermooten

Picture: Christine Vermooten

“We are here to listen to you and help where we can.”

The meeting was scheduled to commence at 10, only a few student leaders, dressed in EFF T-shirts can be seen. Students from several universities in Gauteng have been protesting since last week, demanding free education.

The institutions affected by the #feesmustfall protest action, include University of SA (Unisa), University of Pretoria (UP), and Wits. The protest action escalated to the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) on Monday, but reports emerging from there on Tuesday morning, suggested that staff members were able to gain access to institution.

“We are here to listen to you and help where we can.”

This is the message from the SA council of Churches (SACC) to students taking part in the ongoing #feesmustfall protest action. The clergy is currently hosting a consultative meeting with several student leaders. In his opening, SACC general secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana urged student leaders to be open and frank about the challenges faced by students in universities.

“We are also planning to engage with our congregation members who have children at tertiary institutions.
“We are here to listen to you,” Bishop Mpumlwana said.

-stevent@citizen.co.za

 

 

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