‘Fighting the devil’ – JHB students to hold prayer meeting over free education

Last week, the South African Union of Students (SAUS) called for a national shutdown of universities after they presented a memorandum of demands to the Higher Education Department.

Students protest in Braamfontein over historic debt on 15 March 2021. Picture: Mia Lindeque/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - University students in Johannesburg are expected to hold a prayer meeting later on Tuesday, seeking spiritual guidance in their quest for free education.

Last week, the South African Union of Students (SAUS) called for a national shutdown of universities after they presented a memorandum of demands to the Department of Higher Education.

The shutdown began last week Monday after talks between Deputy Minister of Higher Education Buti Manamela and SAUS collapsed.

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In Johannesburg, tensions were high with students clashing with the police.

Police used water cannon to disperse protesting students and several were also arrested.

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Wits SRC president Mpendulo Mfeka said they wuold begin this week with a prayer meeting.

“We’re fighting the devil himself; we want pastors and all spiritual leaders to come and pray for us and give us guidance.”

Mfeka said they would return to the streets on Wednesday.

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