Kwazi Mshengu, the KwaZulu-Natal’s ANC youth league (ANCYL) spokesperson, stood against any further conflict growing over the student’s death happened at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). According to his speech, the ANCYL is ready to cooperate with the opposition in order to restore calm.
“We will engage [the EFF]; let us hope they will engage with us. If not it will be unfortunate, as we don’t want to politicise this thing or use the death of a student for political gains. Our view is no matter our political differences, that does not negate the importance of human life,” said Mshengu.
The protest started after funding delays with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and delayed registration processes. 20-year-old Mlungisi Madonsela — an EFF member and also an institution learner, who was among the protesters — was shot by the university private security during a skirmish held on Tuesday.
According to the reports, several security guards and university staff members were also heavily injured as the demonstrators tried to storm an administrate building with bricks and rocks.