University campuses in Mzansi have been turned into war zones with students & workers genuine calls for free education & the end to outsourcing have been forcefully repressed by University Management in collusion with the state country-wide through the apartheid-era style use of brute force this time by Private Securities and we need to urgently stem the tide against normalising violence .
We know that these security companies are not trained in crowd control and in fact are known to provoke students. Universities are using public funds to pay these Private Security companies while students bear the brunt of increased fees", the security firms stand to be the only role players who directly profit from ongoing prolonged conflict .
But this problem is not only limited to institutions of higher learning. South Africa, with the 4th largest Private Security industry in the world, has a number of Private Security firms offering armed defence services both within and beyond its borders. A memorandum issued in 2012 by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has also called for the immediate termination of a contract with Vetus Schola on the grounds that they deploy mercenaries to “traumatise and intimidate” workers in the coal mines .
Now is the time to take a stand and demand full information on the context and details of the deployment of security firms to trace the complicity of our public institutions with corruption, imperialism in the face of progressive demands whose time have come.
To Vice Chancellors of all tertiary institutions in SA and Naledi Pandor, Minister of Higher Education and Training
We call on you to end the securitisation of campuses, corruption and public theft through the use of militarised Private Security Firms and we stand in support of mass PAIA applications for each of the South Africa’s tertiary institutions to ascertain the following;
● Full University Financial Statements from 2015-2017
● Public release of the value and conditions of service for all private security contracts during
the period of 2015 and 2017
● Full copies of senior management or university council minutes authorising the use of police
and or private security forces from 2015-2017. In the case of private security full information
relating to executive decisions on the use of force and the authorisation of private security to
carry crowd control weaponry, K-9 dog units and military grade vehicle classes
● Full copies of university/institutional policies and operational plans on the use of private
security and public order police on campuses.
● Full copies of senior management or university council minutes awarding the security
contracts to each private security company in use from 2015 to 2017