KZN students plan march to Durban Harbour over free education

March leader Sthembiso Ka Shandu says they will be joined by civil society organisations.

A vandalised building at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - University students are expected to march to the Durban Harbour this morning to call on the private sector to support their call for free education.

#FeesMustFall activist Sthembiso Ka Shandu says. "If they're very concerned about the academic programmes being destroyed, why can't they act fast and make sure that they come with remedial action and meet us as students halfway.

"There's lack of political will and political commitment from the government of the day, from the vice chancellors in university and from the minister himself."

Meanwhile, 11 University of KwaZulu-Natal students arrested during violent clashes with riot police are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court today.

The group has spent nearly three weeks behind bars since their arrests.

Shandu said they will be joined by civil society organisations, religious based organisations, unemployed youth and ordinary members of the society.

He said the march comes as a result of the #FeesMustFall meeting last month where they agreed upon taking the protest out of the campuses to the private and the government's strategic sectors.

Shandu said free education is no longer an issue for universities to deal with but it needs both the government and private sectors to intervene.

"We made our call to say the only way to continue with our free education strike is to make sure that we put pressure on government and also the private sector. In our view, the Durban Harbour is part and parcel of the strategic factors of the private sector that is where the white capital monopoly is at."