JOHANNESBURG - The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) on Wednesday called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to grant amnesty to all Fees Must Fall student activists.
NYDA chairperson Sifiso Mtsweni said: “We view the continued court proceedings, as well as conviction of student activists, as an anti-thesis for the struggle for a just and free education system which has been achieved.
“We do however condemn elements of violence and vandalism which we believe must be addressed. However, as a start, we call for the release of all arrested students and the expunge of their criminal records.”
Mtsweni said he has officially written to the president to consider the long-term effect of the charges on student leaders, but also to exercise prerogative and grant presidential pardons to all activists.
It was prudent for the country to begin engaging in dialogue on the nature and extent of protest actions in society Mtsweni added.