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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students
ZINASU statement on April national stayaway
National Students Union (ZINASU)
February 27, 2007
National Students Union (ZINASU) is shocked by the reckless
utterances from the Minister of State Security, Mr. D. Mutasa saying
that he will crush any protests by workers to get poverty datum
line linked minimum wages. The demands by the workers are just and
legitimate and we would like to counter-warn Mutasa that any attempt
to force the uniformed security forces and ZANU PF youth militia
to impose barrack gangsterism on the protesting workers will not
go unchallenged. In fact such as myopic decision will result
in a prolonged but decisive struggle. The students will not sit
idly and cowardly watch as our parents, brothers and sisters being
brutalised by an illegitimate force. That is impossible Nyati!
( Mutasa`s totem). Struggle is our birthright!
future is being threatened by a cabal of crocodile liberators, intellectual
hyenas, crooks and fraudsters. We still remember the Kondozi Farm
scandal. The ruling vampire elites looted all farming equipment
at Kondozi farm with brutal efficiency and all dissenting voices
where silenced with a military discipline. The illegal invasion
and subsequent looting at the commercial farm left more than
4 000 workers unempolyed, deprived the nation of earning foreign
currency through exports of farm produce, resulted in a serious
negative balance of payment and contributed to the current
economic demise in Zimbabwe. History will judge all the looters
vision for a free and democratic Zimbabwe has transmogrified
into a melodrammatic nightmare. Inflation is now soaring over 1600%
per year, unemployment rate is over 85%. Of those 85% 70%
are youth. Life expectancy rate is at frightening levels: 35 years
for males and 33 years for females. 90% of the population is living
in abject and chronic poverty. The fees in colleges, universities,
high schools and primary schools increased by a range from 1200%
to 2000% over the last 13 months. One in every four tested pregnant
women is HIV positive, over 60% of higher learning institution students
are living with the deadly virus and college drop out rate is 31.5%. There is rampant
violation of basic human rights in Zimbabwe. The right to freedom
of assembly, freedom of expression and freedom of associtaion
are being criminalised. Dear Minister, is this the Zimbabwe we `fought`
of the foregoing, we the students in Zimbabwe would like to unequivocally
reassure the Minister and Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) that ZINASU supports and will
actively participate in the 3 to 4 April 2007 national stay
away. The students will be on a class boycott from 5 March 2007
until their demands are met .
is on the side of the truth and victory belongs to the fearless.
Change is coming.
and on behalf of students in Zimbabwe
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