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  • Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students


  • Update on students arrested and injured in Bulawayo
    Students Solidarity Trust
    February 07, 2007

    Following students protests in Bulawayo on Tuesday the 6th of February, which saw the arrest of 78 students and the injuring of at least 13 students, students at Bulawayo polytechnic held a General meeting yesterday, where calls were made to continue with the protest actions until the situation of their grievances with regards to the fee increases were dealt with.

    The list of those arrested included the following students:

    Name Sex
    Lawrence Mashungu Male
    Rodrick Chikondo Male
    Themba Maphenduka Male
    Chanda Chinale Female
    Itai Tinazvo Male
    Isabel Kumbi Female
    Muvei Masamba Female
    Christofer Jacha Male
    Melody M* Female
    John Dube Male
    Sipho Mutava Female
    Zwanele Mphala Female
    Yenzani Moyo Female
    Faniseni Nkomo Female
    Maureen Masuku Female
    James Hlatswayo Male
    Themba Twala Male
    Ishmael Manzini Male
    Nyasha Mpofu Female
    Soneni Sibanda Female
    Edwin Murira (injured- broken leg) Male
    Mary Thsuma (injured arms and legs) Female
    Victoria Maphosa (Injured) Female
    Zwelitini Vhiki (injured) Male
    Catherine Gumbo (Injured) Female

    By late Tuesday evening 76 of those arrested had been released but With instructions to report to Bulawayo Central police station yesterday.

    2 students continued to be held in police Custody, Bulawayo Poly SRC President Blessing Vava and Lawrence Mashungu, the SCM Vice Chairman, who were being charged under POSA and are suspected by police to have been the"ring leaders".

    By 1530hrs, the 2 were also released without being formally charged, Phulu and Simbarashe Chivaura of Dube and Partners courtesy of the ZLHR were representing the students, while those that were injured were being assisted by the CSU and the ZDHR. Edwin Murira is due for an x-ray today.

    The " Catch and Release" tactic being employed by the police is a sure show of unwarranted harassment of innocent students trying to air their grievances in the only way that is sure to get them the attention of the powers that be, and as the SST we roundly condemn it. We urge, the government, university authorities and the police to move towards addressing the grievances of the students as articulated by the ZINASU on the 2nd of February, and to meet these demands before other institutions open by the deadline set by the ZINASU, the 13th of February, otherwise it is clear that student actions against the fees will not stop, as they are way beyond the reach of most of our Zimbabwean population, who are leaving way below the Poverty datum line.

    Visit the Students Solidarity Trust fact sheet

    *This name was edited on April 15, 2013 with the permission of SST.

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