STUDENTS EXPELLED FOR MONDAY MARCH
SSN –statement -29th
On Monday afternoon the principal of Ngwane teachers' college convened a disciplinary meeting which promptly resolved to fire 148 students who are suspected to have participated in a protest march organised by the Swaziland National Union of Students(SNUS)
The affected students reported their dismissal on the April 12 Swazi Uprising Facebook page.
While the exact detail pertaining the charges against them is not clear, the Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN] can confirm that the majority of the expelled students were first year students who had participated in the march on Monday. They only found out about their expulsion on Tuesday morning when the college principal told them that they had been deregistered and would need to apply again on the 20th of April.
This is a clear scare-tactic designed to intimidate young students from protesting unjust education policies. It is meant to sow division within students as those expelled now view themselves as bearing the brunt of what is a national student movement.
For purposes of unity and solidarity, all Swazi students should occupy Ngwane Teachers' College until the affected students are allowed back.
Issued by the Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN]