The South African Students Congress (Sasco) in the Eastern Cape is distancing itself from an audio clip in which a speaker is heard saying anyone entering the NMMU South Campus will be killed.
This as some students embarked on a second day of protests on Wednesday morning, demanding a 0% fee hike next year.
The clip – in which people are heard clapping as a male warns anybody entering the university’s South Campus that they will die – has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp and social media.
“Listen comrades. Anybody who enters South Campus will die. If you enter South Campus, we are killing. We will kill everyone. Do not enter South Campus. Every lecture is cancelled today. Today, Tuesday, every lecture is canceled. If you enter, we will kill,” the voice says.
Sasco-aligned student Siviwe Ngaba said the audio clip did not originate from a meeting held at SCR chambers at South Campus and addressed by Sasco provincial chairman Lufefe Mkutu and regional secretary Yandisa Ndzoyiya on Tuesday.
Mkutu also dismissed the audio clip, saying it had not originated at Tuesday’s meeting.
“We are highly angry about it,” he said.
Ngaba referred to the clip as “propaganda” and a “setup”.
“It’s a person who is trying to distort us and what we are doing,” he said.
“It was not in our meeting where it was said … It is none of our leaders.”
Ngaba reiterated that the protests were peaceful.
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