On Monday a small group of Wits University students in Johannesburg disrupted a media briefing called by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, chanting “Blade Must Fall”.
When Nzimande requested that only journalists ask him questions,the small group were angered . One student in the group shouted “Voetsek Blade”, before he and several others were pushed away by Nzimande’s bodyguards reacting to Nzimande’s request.
The Students then started chanting “Blade Must Fall”, while others threatened to set university buildings alight.
Minister Blade Nzimande said: “I will not dignify this with a response.”
Blade Nzimande said there was a fringe group that wanted to impose its views through violence. The involvement of security police was not their first choice, but he had a duty to protect university property said Blade Nzimande.
The security agencies would assess the situations at universities before outlining each department’s next move to contain the unrest at universities, said Nhleko.
“We will basically conduct a review and take stock of what the situation overall has been and what currently obtains and how we need to find a way of enforcing the law and re-cultivating the rule of law at our universities,” he said.
Last week, chaos erupted at various universities as student protests turned very violent. Protesting students burnt down buildings, including the administration building at North West University Mahikeng Campus.