‘We’ll braai the ze­bra’ threat

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STU­DENTS from Nel­son Man­dela Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity have posted a num­ber of threats on so­cial me­dia that they will “braai and eat” the ze­bras which graze nearby on the univer­sity’s na­ture re­serve, if man­age­ment does not meet their de­mands.

Yes­ter­day’s threat fol­lows the univer­sity an­nounc­ing that op­er­a­tions would re­sume yes­ter­day, and classes on Monday.

Stu­dents were an­gry that they were not in­formed prior to man­age­ment mak­ing a de­ci­sion to re­open cam­puses. Armed with rocks and sticks, they protested at the univer­sity’s North Campus en­trance yes­ter­day.

In a voice note cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia, a stu­dent from the # FeesMust­Fall move­ment said man­age­ment was “tak­ing ad­van­tage of stu­dent dis­ci­pline”.

“We have been dis­ci­plined, we have been lis­ten­ing and we have not done any­thing to their prop­erty as yet,” the stu­dent said.

“This is quite ar­ro­gant, show­ing us they can run op­er­a­tions as they feel, we don’t have a say.”

The record­ing goes on: “I think it’s time to go take those ze­bras, cap­ture those ze­bras. Ev­ery day we take one ze­bra and we will tell man­age­ment if you don’t do what we are telling you, we will deal with these ze­bras ac­cord­ingly.”

A num­ber of other posts show stu­dents in­tent on braai­ing the ze­bras. Univer­sity spokesper­son Zandile Mba­bela said it was prob­a­bly a “tongue in cheek joke”.

“The ze­bra herd on our re­serve have a num­ber of ba­bies right now, so are par­tic­u­larly pro­tec­tive. Any­one who tries to ap­proach them will be putting them­selves in dan­ger.” – ANA

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