The Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation (DASO) wishes to convey its sincere condolences to the affected families of the students involved in the incident at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) which occurred on Saturday evening.
Two male students were involved in a brawl at a female residence. One student died on the scene, whilst the other is in a critical condition in hospital and will face murder charges following his release.
We condemn all forms of campus violence. These incidences are unacceptable and it must stop.
I will write to the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Yvonne Phosa, to summon the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, and compel him to investigate the extent of violence on our university campuses and to present the findings to the Committee. We need the Higher Education Department to take urgent action against this growing problem.
Increased campus security might be the solution, but we need to study the problem first.
The Minister cannot simply stand on the side lines whilst students’ lives are being threatened. This issue requires urgent action. Campuses should serve as safe havens for education and enrichment of our students. Students should not live in fear.
DASO will never stop fighting for the safety of our students. DASO will never stop fighting for an open opportunity society for all students.