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Sasco criticises EFF Student Command over national shutdown plan

The EFFSC says it will stage a national shutdown, which includes bringing Tshwane to a standstill.

Secretary for the EFF at the University of Pretoria holds up his fist during protest at the institution’s Hatfield campus over possible fee hikes for the 2017 year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Student Congress (Sasco) has criticised the E conomic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) over its plan to stage a national shutdown, which includes bringing Tshwane to a standstill on Monday.

Sasco says the move will only make headlines and not solve the problem of free education.

The two student bodies held media briefings yesterday, relating to the # FeesMustFall protests.

They agreed not to allow academic activities to resume at universities, until free education is implemented.

EFFSC president Mpho Morolane says protesting students will occupy the Department of Higher Education and Training in the capital.

"Our proposal is that we shutdown workplaces. When we engage learners, our proposal would be to shutdown schools. Even if we engage tellers, then our proposal would be to shutdown banks to intensify [protests].

Sasco president Thabo Moloja says they agree with student calls for free education, but they're against the shutdown of Tshwane.

"The whole question of free education really has to go where it is and that is the state and the private sector. So really, you are going to shutdown Pretoria and achieve what intention, except to make newspaper headlines?"