Madonsela calls for end to violence during student protests

Thuli Madonsela says while she supports the call for free education, protests must be peaceful.

FILE: Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Thuli Madonsela says while the call by students for free decolonised education is legitimate, it should not put their lives and studies in danger.

Madonsela was addressing protesting # FeesMustFall students at a meeting yesterday with various stakeholders including academics and the clergy.

Yesterday, students ordered vice-chancellor Adam Habib to leave the meeting at the Holy Trinity Church in Braamfontein.

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Advocate Madonsela says while she supports the call for free tertiary education she says this must be done peacefully.

"We need to rethink the methods because we don't want any of you to be harmed and we also don't want anything not to complete your education."

Madonsela says government and students must find a way of talking in order to find a solution to the current fees crisis.

"Let government and the people talk and let us find peaceful solutions. It is a legitimate quest."

The former Public Protector has also warned against using police as a buffer between government and citizens.

The advocate says universities cannot find a solution to the current tertiary funding crisis alone.

"It can't be resolved purely at the level of the university; I believe that we have to bring that onboard."

She says the conversation shouldn't be about whether fees should fall but rather how the process must happen.

"We do need a discussion on how, when, who and what will be the programme."