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Sadesmo says free education needs political will

The student movement says that the ANC is dragging its feet on ensuring free education is implemented.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard Campus. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

The South African Democratic Students Movement (Sadesmo) says free education needs political will to be achieved and has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of dragging its feet.

Sadesmo held a briefing in the Durban CBD today, where it pledged its support for the current demonstrations at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The student wing of the Inkatha Freedom Party has also condemned police brutality following cases of rape and assault being opened.

Sadesmo's Sbongakonke Mhlongo says they want free education and demand it happen immediately.

"When Germany implemented free education, they were in a worse situation in terms of their economy at that time."

National spokesperson Nonkululeko Nkwanyana says: "For the fact that the ANC, as the governing party right now, when they're campaigning they manage to sell free education, it's because they know it's possible.

"But when they get that, they don't want to do it because they want to get on our votes and still not achieve it at the end of the day."

The student wing says it regrets the destruction of property but has blamed university management for letting the situation escalate due to their arrogance.

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