Statement from university students in Swaziland
22 August 2011
UNISWA students to march to parliament on Wednesday 24 August 2011
Today (22 August, 2011) about 200 UNISWA students petitioned the UNISWA administration to open the university. They started their protest action in the morning, around 0900hrs. However, they could not get inside the university premises since the university is still not opened owing to the economic crisis in Swaziland.
The students, after delivering the petition through their SRC, then marched on the Kwaluseni road in Matsapha, from the UNISWA Kwaluseni campus all the way to Eteni (on the way to Manzini). Eteni is about three kilometres away from UNISWA Kwaluseni campus.
When the students turned, with an intention to go back to the UNISWA gate, they were joined by a police casper which tried to intimidate them. The ever defiant students, however, were not intimidated. They said they would not go back to UNISWA until and unless the police vehicle turned away. Instead they decided to defiantly sit on the road. They sat there until about 1500hrs when the SRC brought back the response from the UNISWA administration.
THE RESPONSE OF UNISWA ADMINISTRATION ON NON-OPENING OF THE UNIVERSITY
The UNISWA administration simply said they will not open the university because the Mswati-led government still has not, and is not willing, to pay about R80 million. The administration further stated that there is no money to run anything at the university.
Students then decided that on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011, they will march to Parliament in Lobamba.
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