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NYDA welcomes the decision on the demand for a Presidential pardon for all #FeesMustFall Student Activists.
8/27/2018
MEDIA STATEMENT
27 August 2018
 
NYDA WELCOMES THE INTERVENTION OF THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE ON THE CALL TO GRANT AMNESTY TO #FEESMUSTFALL STUDENTS
 
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) welcomes the decision by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Michael Masutha on the demand for a Presidential pardon for all #FeesMustFall Student Activists.
 
In support of all the progressive calls for the President to grant amnesty, the NYDA stressed the important role of the “Ministry of Higher Education and Training and the Justice and Correctional Services in ensuring that all student activists are granted pardon”. It is in context that we welcome the decision starting the process towards amnesty for all student activists.
 
We also appreciate the process as outlined. However, we want to reiterate our call for more responsible behaviour during protest action at institutions of higher education and training. The use of violence and live ammunition during protest must be discouraged. It is our belief that solutions for challenges within the sector depend on dialogue between affected stakeholders.
 
Released by the NYDA Executive Chairperson:
Mr Sifiso Mtsweni
 
Media Enquiries:
Mr. Lerato Gambu
064 860 0716
Issued by the National Youth Development Agency