‘Fight for free education continues despite leaders being injured’

Student activist Busisiwe Seabe says they know Fees Must Fall leaders are being targeted by police.

FILE: One of the #FeesMustFall leaders Busisiwe Seabe speaks to the media about free tertiary education on 11 October 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN -Student leader and activist Busisiwe Seabe who was discharged from hospital this morning says the fight for free education will continue despite her and Fees Must Fall leader Shaeera Kalla being injured this week.

A video has emerged on social media showing Kalla being shot 13 times with rubber bullets in the back.

The footage shows Kalla and other students being shot at with rubber bullets even while they held up their hands as a sign of non-aggression.

WATCH: Moments leading up to the shooting of Shaeera Kalla and others.

Seabe says they remain open to engaging with Wits University management.

"The conditions for negotiations and engagements would be that they have to demilitarise our campus."

The Fees Must Fall leader says they know Fees Must Fall leaders are being targeted by police.

"As Mcebo [Dlamini] has repeatedly said: They will be able to remove us but others will emerge."

The Wits council has described the shooting as tragic and concerning.


The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Student Representative Council says it wants management to suspend academic activity for all undergraduate programs.

Following a meeting this week, SRC members say the current atmosphere at the institution is not conducive for learning.

UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences on Thursday announced curriculums and exams for medical students in years one to three will be concluded in January.

University spokesperson Elijah Moholola says arrangements made by varsity management will be executed.

"Examinations are scheduled to commence on 7 November 2016 and a timetable has already been released to students. It will be possible for students to defer their 2016 exams to January 2017."