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The West has being dead set on seeing regime change in South Africa through a local version of the Arab Spring.

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"Are these people really fighting for education? No, they are trying to bring regime change, by hook or by crook. We won’t engage them like that." Read more:

Unrest plotted, ANC told

’West, EFF to blame’

The Fees Must Fall protests sweeping the country’s universities were a result of the "West’s" being dead set on seeing regime change in South Africa through a local version of the Arab Spring.

This was the observation of KwaZulu-Natal ANC MPL and party provincial executive committee member Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu. She was addressing hundreds of ANCeThekwini delegates during the region’s conference at Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel yesterday (10th October 2016).

Simelane-Zulu made the comments as student protest were expected to shift another gear this week. Media reports yesterday indicated that Wits University protest leader Mcebo Dlamini and EFF chairman Dali Mpofu were set to arrive at UKZN today to "provide support" to student leadership.

She made the remarks after weeks of students shutting down campuses across the country calling for free higher education for all. Simelane-Zulu argued that the initial noble cause had been "infiltrated" by "Western forces".

"How do you say you want free education, yet you go and burn a library? It clearly tells you we have been infiltrated," she said.

"The revolution has been taken over. Revolutions have been systematic over the last five years. It is only that they come in different forms – service delivery protest and, if that doesn’t succeed, then something else. At the end of the day, the West wants something in the form of a South African Arab Spring to happen."

She said "those young people have been infiltrated" and led by the EFF.

"Yes, you have members of the ANC – Sasco and PYA (Progressive Youth Alliance) – but, if we are honest with ourselves, who is leading this campaign? It’s the EFF. The EFF is not leading in a sense, ‘let’s meet and discuss issues.’ You see them carrying stones wanting to throw them at the police," Simelane-Zulu said.

"Are these people really fighting for education? No, they are trying to bring regime change, by hook or by crook. We won’t engage them like that."

She said the ANC organisations had the muscle of the masses on their side and they relied on members "to address them correctly".

 

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