EFF leader ‘forces’ way into UKZN

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

JULIUS Malema told a crowd of stu­dents yes­ter­day that he had to force his way onto the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville cam­pus in or­der to ad­dress them be­cause of “re­ac­tionary man­age­ment”.

“The man­age­ment of this cam­pus gave us per­mis­sion to be here, but last night they with­drew it and they thought we would not come. When I en­tered the gate, the se­cu­rity re­fused to open. I opened by force, be­cause we have a right to be here,” he said, af­ter apol­o­gis­ing for start­ing an hour late.

There was no po­lice­man or se­cu­rity guard that would block EFF meet­ings, he said.

“Democ­racy means the right to de­fend those who do not agree with you, so they can do so with­out fear. But you come to a cam­pus and you are told there is no stage for left­ist pol­i­tics by re­ac­tionary man­age­ment that seeks to ap­pease the in­cum­bents,” he said.

Malema’s 30-minute speech at UKZN was pri­mar­ily to drum-up sup­port for an event tak­ing place at Cur­rie’s Foun­tain in Dur­ban on Satur­day at which the party will be cel­e­brat­ing its fourth birth­day, dubbed the “fes­ti­val of the poor” by Malema.

He said that UKZN was de­signed to ac­com­mo­date those who were rich and this was done at the ex­pense of the poor through pricey ed­u­ca­tion and stu­dent res­i­dences.

Malema urged stu­dents to aban­don their pre­tences and to stop pro­fess­ing they were from rich fam­i­lies.

“You are poor. You are the child of a do­mes­tic worker. Ac­cept your re­al­ity and join the strug­gle,” he said.

UKZN told the African News Agency (ANA) that per­mis­sion had ini­tially been granted for the meet­ing but the ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted by EFF was found to be “mis­lead­ing” as the gath­er­ing was a po­lit­i­cal rally.

“No po­lit­i­cal party is per­mit­ted to host a rally of any kind or na­ture at any of the univer­sity’s cam­puses.

“Per­mis­sion was then with­drawn and stu­dents were in­formed both ver­bally and via email on July 24,” said Normah Zondo, UKZN’s act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for cor­po­rate re­la­tions.

“The EFF truck forced its way onto the quad and played loud mu­sic dis­rupt­ing aca­demic ac­tiv­ity in the sur­round­ing lec­ture the­atres and lab­o­ra­to­ries.

Malema also used the event to lash out at the ANC, telling stu­dents that they did not have a fu­ture with the rul­ing party.

“Those of you who are in­vest­ing in those cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als, you must know that they don’t have a fu­ture with you. They have got a fu­ture with Dubai. Our fu­ture is here.

“Our fu­ture is the res­o­lu­tion of un­em­ploy­ment in South Africa and the em­pow­er­ment of African women,” he said. – ANA

FORCE: Julius Malema ad­dresses stu­dents at the Univer­sity of KwaZulu Natal in Dur­ban yes­ter­day.

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