Demo at Wits University over Zanu (PF) kids
By Tichaona Sibanda
27 July 2007
Over a hundred protesters from the Zimbabwe Youth Movement on Friday held a demonstration against children of top Zanu (PF) officials, studying at Universities in South Africa.
The peaceful protest march took place in Johannesburg, where the demonstrators walked from the Braamfontein Methodist Church to Wits University. ZYM spokesman Remember Moyo said they presented a petition to the Wits University Vice-Chancellor Loyiso Nongxa, calling for the South African government to expel children of senior Zanu (PF) officials.
He said the expulsions would be based on the fact that senior ruling party officials have destroyed education in Zimbabwe while their children are attending good schools in South Africa, America and Europe.
‘In South Africa we have information that close to 50 students benefit directly from being connected with Zanu (PF). We’ve got the details of many of them and we will soon be visiting their institutions to petition authorities with the same message,’ Moyo said.
ZYM has details of 15 students closely linked to Zanu (PF) officials studying at Wits University, while the rest are dotted across universities in South Africa. The majority of those however are at the University of Cape Town and Fort Hare in Durban.
‘Two weeks ago the government led a major crackdown on students at the University of Zimbabwe. They sent in the riot squad who beat up students and disrupted examinations for many of them,’Moyo said.
This campaign has gained momentum in countries like the United States, Australia and New Zealand. It is believed Zanu PF officials have over 300 kids studying in either US, UK and Australian universities. British and American governments are mulling plans to ban the children from attending educational institutions in their countries.