Mzansi Celebs Weigh In On #WitsProtest

This follows after one civilian was shot dead after a protest erupted over financial exclusion of students

By  | Mar 11, 2021, 02:02 PM  | AKA  | Drama

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University of Witwatersrand has been trending on social media and in the news lately, after students took to the streets to protest against financial exclusion, in an ongoing protest that has since turned deadly.

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This follows after yesterday police clashed with students and opened fire with rubber bullets to disperse protesters but a 35-year-old civilian was shot dead on the scene. This has ruffled the feathers of many people and celebrities have weighed in on the protest. Some have publicly called out the government for apparently failing students and have condemned police brutality in the protest.

Rapper AKA who has always rallied behind students on their call for free and decolonized education took to Twitter to vent out his frustrations on what has been unfolding at Wits.

In a tweet, Supermega expressed that he has no problem with marching with students but it would be a celebrity activity. This follows after one Twitter user asked him if he would be keen to join a protest one day.

"I have marched with the students before and I have no problem marching with them again but any protest is always to be led by students and student leadership. It’s not my place to turn it into some sort of celebrity activity," he tweeted.

Many hailed him and said he has always been there for students through thick and thin. This is not the first time AKA has been fighting with students in 2019 he donated R100,000 to assist students during the #FeesMustFall protest.

Multi-award-winning rapper Kwesta tweeted "Really it's stand up and get murdered! That's it. Now they'll get a minister to say some sh*t to distract us from the fact that they are out to silence us forever and the police are happy to oblige because what's an oath to the people when I have a gun. Siyaqedwa #witsprotest."

Boity Thulo also tweeted highlighting that "Black bodies mean absolutely nothing in this country."  Black Coffee who is known for his heart of gold asked students what the country can do to lend a helping hand. "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?"

Mohale said the plight of students having to constantly fight to access education is the saddest thing ever. "Students having to fight for wanting access to education is the most saddest thing ever! #witsprotest ."

Miss SA Shudu also tweeted "We should not have to fight for our right to education, we can’t keep on saying that education is the key to a prosperous life and yet try and block people of limited means who understand the value of it. Education is a basic human right not a luxury. #witsprotest,"

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