ANC likens UKZN student protest to Nazi Germany

The ANC says the actions of protesting student similar to when Adolf Hitler ordered books to be destroyed.

FILE: Students at UKZN say they plan to march this afternoon, as they continue to voice their dissatisfaction with the institution. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has likened the burning of books at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to Nazi Germany, when Adolf Hitler ordered books to be destroyed.

A statement has been released by the party, calling on university students and staff to reject violence.

It says the burning of books and university infrastructure has no justification when calling for free education.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says no matter the grievances of students, the recent protests do not warrant violence.

Kodwa says students have a responsibility to protect the assets of their universities.

"For the sake of future generations, because the burning of books is not the answer to any of the grievances to free education."

He says students being frustrated is not an excuse to burn buildings.

"Burning can't bring about short cuts in the country and universities - it actually destroys the system."

Students at UKZN say they plan to march this afternoon, as they continue to voice their dissatisfaction with the institution.