The #FeesMustFall movement issued a call in the early hours of Wednesday for protest action at Parliament where Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was set to table the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS).
“We call upon all citizens of this country to descend to parliament and other strategic institutions on 26 October 2016 which has been declared as the national day of action,” the movement said in a statement.
The movement reiterated a set of demands to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, which include “free Afrocentric education up until undergraduate degree a reality for all excluded black people”, an “end to outsourcing of services at universities” and the “demilitarisation” of campuses.
The movement maintained that the current curriculum was designed to ensure the oppression of the country’s black majority and accused the government of doing little to alter the socio-economic structures of the apartheid state.
The last MTBPS, delivered by then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, saw unprecendented scenes at Parliament as students entered the precinct in numbers and fought running battles with riot police.
– African News Agency (ANA)