- EFF Student Command members took to the streets to protest financial exclusion at Wits University
- The protests turned violent after students handed over a memorandum of demands to the Constitutional Court
- Johannesburg CBD had ground to a halt as students shut down businesses and shops
Johannesburg CBD descended into chaos as EFF Student Command members took to the streets in a rampage and shut down businesses and shops.
Wits University students handed over a memorandum of demands in Braamfontein at the Constitutional Court which is believed to be the catalyst for the EFF's rampage.
Earlier in the day, they handed over a memorandum to ANC Secretary Ace Magashule according to the SABC.
Secretary-General of the EFF Student Command, Muzi Khoza said that the organisation would continue to protest until their demands are met.
"SG Commissar Muzi Khoza leading the shutdown and ensuring that business is not normal at @Wits, as students continue fighting against structural and financial exclusion."
According to Sowetan Live the EFF students protested late into the afternoon. On Wednesday, EFF Student Command members took to the streets to protest against Financial Exclusion at Wits.
"The EFFSC Central Students Command Team Fully behind @WitsEFF Protest against Financial Exclusion. We further call for a National Shutdown to call for National Treasury to fund #FreeEducatiomNow[In Picture SG Cmrs Muzi Khoza]."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that on Wednesday, Briefly.co.za reported that 35-year-old Mthokozisi Ntumba died when he was shot in a crossfire when police fired rubber bullets at protesting students.
The disgruntled students are protesting against financial exclusion by NSFAS.
Black Coffee then took to Twitter, where he asked:
"As a country what can we do to assist students with fees...isn't there a way we can collectively create a fund to assist?"
In other news, it was a tragic day on Wednesday when a civilian was killed, allegedly by police, during student protests. Boity Thulo has since used her voice to highlight the plight of black people in South Africa.
Taking to Twitter, Boity wrote:
"Black bodies mean absolutely nothing in this country."
Fans stood in solidarity with the celeb's comments.
@mkhulu_mzi replied to her tweet:
"If it means fighting back then we will...if blood will be shed in the process then we will be dying for our own democracy...they fought off the oppressors and now we are the oppressed, educated and broke...if needs be, we will do what the comrades did to the apartheid regime."
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