Latest
 
  • All Share : 53547.39
    DOWN -0.17%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 46711.66
    DOWN -0.16%
    Financial 15 : 15259.81
    DOWN -0.09%
    Industrial 25 : 71538.97
    DOWN -0.46%
    Resource 10 : 31842.94
    UP 0.69%

  • ZAR/USD : 14.2759
    DOWN -0.65%
    ZAR/GBP : 18.6632
    DOWN -0.93%
    ZAR/EUR : 15.7023
    DOWN -0.51%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1349
    DOWN -1.32%
    ZAR/AUD : 10.6724
    DOWN -0.96%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1320
    UP 0.02%
    Platinum US$/oz : 1093
    UP 0.09%
    Silver US$/oz : 19.56
    DOWN -0.10%
    Palladium US$/oz : 686
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Brent Crude : 44.37
    DOWN -0.54%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Wed Jul 27 13:37:06 SAST 2016

UFS management calls to God, but protesters say prayer won't help

Jeanette Chabalala | 01 March, 2016 10:49
University of the Free State. File photo.
Image by: via Wikimedia Commons

While one group of University of the Free State management and students prayed on Tuesday morning, another group of students held a silent protest outside the venue.

University spokesperson Lacea Loader said the campus ministry forum organised the prayer in a bid to unite students after days of disruptions.  

The silent protesters however said prayer would not solve their problems.  

“At this point we feel oppressed, and it is not through prayer that we are going to be assisted. Government and the institution just showed us that we are alone,” said Kgosi Sigo.     

“We have become voiceless and intimidated and the whole of last week we feared for our academic lives,” he said.  

Another student, who wished to remain anonymous, agreed.  

“You can’t pray away our oppression as black students.  We feel like the prayer is just a front and we are victimised as students."  

Last Monday, a group of protesters who apparently wanted to highlight the plight of outsourced workers disrupted a Varsity Cup rugby match at Shimla Park Stadium. Spectators ran onto the field and attacked them.

The following morning, EFF protesters vandalised and pulled down a statue of Charles Robberts Swart on campus.

CR Swart was the last governor general of the Union of South Africa until 1961, and president of the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1967. 

Protesters burnt tyres at the foot of the statue, and used hammers and rocks to bring it down.

On Thursday, security guards were brought in to protect the statue of Marthinus Theunis Steyn from further vandalism. Steyn was the sixth and last president of the Orange Free State from 1896 to 1902.

Source: News24

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.