ANCYL calls for further protests at UKZN

Jeff Wicks, News24

Durban - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KZN has called for further protest action at the University of KwaZulu-Natal - saying a recent administrative change there is aimed at excluding black students.

Violent protest action rocked the Westville Campus on Monday, with buildings and campus security vehicles petrol bombed.

The protest is understood to centre on a decision to close what is known as the Registration Appeals Committee process.

This process allows students owing money to the institution to enter into an agreement with it to pay their debts in instalments, whilst continuing with their studies.

ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo lauded the protest, even though a security official and several students were injured.

"We congratulate branches of the ANCYL in these campuses together with those of our alliance partners the South African Students Congress and the Young Communist Leagues of South Africa for having taken up action against this evil decision," he said.

"We further call upon those campuses who are yet to join this action to immediately do so," he added.

"We view this decision [by UKZN] as counter revolutionary and equate it to a systematic killing of the future of those who are not able to pay these exorbitant fees. This action is aimed at the systemic exclusion of an African child in general and a black child in particular.

"We condemn any actions aimed at destruction of property and vandalism. The Youth League calls upon students not to reserve the gains of our hard earned democracy by destroying the very infrastructure brought to them." he said.

The university has not responded to a request for comment yet.