“The EFF through its student command is taking us to a racial time bomb, which will eventually explode.”-Duvenhage
The EFF is to blame for the ongoing violent protest at some of the country’s institutions of higher learning, according to political analyst, Andre Duvenhage.
Speaking to The Citizen on Wednesday morning, Duvenhage said while the party led by Julius Malema, has made a lot inroads in terms of gaining support, particularly at universities, the EFF is misusing its power base for its own political gains.
“The EFF through its student command is taking us to a racial time bomb, which will eventually explode.
“The violent nature of protests that we have been experiencing at various universities, also shows that those institutions affected, don’t have the armies and police officials who can deal with the demonstrations,” Duvenhage said.
Also giving his analysis, Johan Burger from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), said the violent protests poses a serious problem to police officers.
“Police officers have been under a lot of pressure in terms of dealing with all kinds of protests, including community protests and strikes, and in the past 6 years, there has been a 240% increase in violent protest.
“It is really unfair to always send the police out to deal with protests and the time has come for government, and other people with powers of authority to start engaging more with the people they are serving and having continuous engagements,” said Burger.
With regards to the language policy issue which has been at the heart of the protest at the University of Pretoria (UP), Burger said this cannot be the primary reason for the clashes between black and white students.
“Some political parties have been quite visible at these protests and for me this is proof that there is a political motive behind the unrest at some of the country’s universities,” Burger said.
Students from the EFF Student Command (EFFSC), have been in the forefront of the protests at UP, and that has been the case at previous protests at the University of Pretoria (Unisa) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) where the protests centred mainly around outsourcing.
In response to the analysts’ views, EFFSC president Mpho Morolane said they have never contested Student Representative Council (SRC) elections at various universities to do administration work, but to bring change, be it transformation, outsourcing or free access to tertiary education.
“We as the EFFSC have brought a new culture to the institutions of higher learning and we remain progress-orientated.
“Those who are saying the EFF is bad, must go and check for themselves the issues we have been fighting for,” Morolane added.