NUST Students Demonstrations...Threaten
On Wednesday 22 November 2006, students at the National University of Science and Technology went into the streets of Bulawayo protesting against the continued deteriorating students' standards of living, which are a result of the introduced capitalist fees policies and the withdrawal of loan and grant system. A general meeting was held on campus were a way forward was made to take up into the streets of Bulawayo and make it known to the general public the plight of students. However, in the road peaceful march to freedom, the students were confronted by the already assembled, stiffly armed notoriously brutal riot police and barred from making any progress.
15 students including the Students Union Secretary General Mr. Vivid Gwede, Vice President Mr. Mehluli Dube, Treasurer General Jonathan Magabatela and union members Samson Khumalo, Kurai Hoyi were arrested and detained at the Bulawayo Central Police Station. ZINASU leadership, Bulawayo Polytechnic President Mr. Blessing Vava and Hillside Teachers college President Mr. Tafadzwa Chengewa took part in the demonstration in solidarity to the defending the national students' interests and bringing solutions to the deepening crisis in Zimbabwe.
The Students Union President, Clever Bere, addressed students and made it very clear that if the government has abandoned students, the students in turn will abandon the government, if the government is anti-students the students in turn will be anti-government. The arrested students were released on fine and the students' leadership on bail after being detained for three days. The students union joined hands with all other democratic forces in the country in the Democratic Mass Resistance Campaign.