Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Mamela has encouraged students to continue with the shutdown of universities as the Fees Must Fall campaign because that is the language the government understands.
Malema said the students must not be discouraged by rubber bullets, tear gas and jail. He then said their lawyers are ready to work.
“Our lawyers are readily available, they have been working day in day out bailing out students and encouraging them to go back to the pickets line,” said Malema
“You must be proud that you shaming the government of using the same tactics apartheid used to suppress genuine demands of our people,” added the leader.
Malema on Thursday addresses the Media on Issues including Fees Must Fall campaign, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s saga and State Capture.
The leader said he is proud of the students and added if the students allowed them to join the protests, they would be right there by their side.
“The students have made it very clear that they don’t want political leaders there, they are capable enough to hold the fees must fall on their own, they don’t want it politicised, they don’t want it hijacked for political reasons, otherwise we would have been there ourselves we are not scared of anything,” said Malema.
He then condemned the government for bringing Minister of State Security David Mahlobo and Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko to disrupt peaceful protests the students are having.
He then reiterated that the students shouldn’t be discouraged by pain as this will benefit them and future generations.
“Pains will always be there but after pains you will rejoice and say you worked very hard, and not only you but the many generations that will come after you, they will salute you and hold you in high regard like they do with 1976. Don’t be discouraged,” added Malema
By Senzile Kubheka