Pretoria - Hundreds of protesting students, calling themselves the Occupy Movement, marched to the offices of property administration group City Property, complaining about exorbitant rental fees in Pretoria.
“We have now arrived at City Property – the most ruthless and brutal institution. This company has been targeting and exploiting poor students. It has been thriving over frustration of poor students,” said protest leader Jonas Mokgethi.
“You have been increasing your rates and we have been watching you. If you do not take what we are doing now seriously, then regard it as a dress rehearsal – the actual wedding is coming. The mother of all protests will be organised.”
The students marched to City Property, along Du Toit Street, escorted by numerous police vehicles. They accused the private company of hiking rental fees beyond the reach of students.
“You are keeping empty rooms because we cannot afford. When you see new colleges opening around town, you say to yourselves ‘what an opportunity’. You are betraying humanity. You are ruthless. You are brutal,” said Mokgethi to loud cheers.