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Cops turn hose on students
Thu, 04 Mar 2010 12:03 AM
Police used a water tanker to spray protesting University of
Johannesburg students in an attempt to disperse them from blocking
the Bunting Road entrance to the campus on Thursday.
Lessons came to a halt as hundreds of students gathered outside
to demand free education for the poor.
They sang struggle songs, danced and held a SA Students Congress
(Sasco) banner and one which read: "Education remains an important
pillar in community development".
There was a strong police presence at the campus.
Sasco vowed on Wednesday to close down nine universities
countrywide in protest action to demand free education.
Sasco secretary general Lazola Ndamase said the University of
Venda, University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology,
University of Johannesburg, Durban University of Technology,
University of Zululand, Walter Sisulu University, Cape Peninsula
University for Technology and the University of Western Cape would
be shut down on Thursday.
Students said they were unhappy because President Jacob Zuma
paid little attention to education in his state of the nation
Ndamase said they were expecting the government to outline how
it would introduce free education for undergraduate students next