THE Socialist Youth League (SYL) has demanded justice for Vespers Shimuzhila.
SYL stated yesterday the greater tragedy was that the police force, the ones who ought to be upholders of the law and protectors of the people, would consciously throw teargas into students’ rooms.
The league described the unfortunate incident at the University of Zambia as “the calamities of a capitalist education”.
“The truth is, the system is broken and we can no longer attempt to fix it. Capitalism has turned education into a commodity. Like tomatoes, bought and sold in an open market. Only those with a pretty penny can afford it,” SYL stated. “In a country like ours, where the levels of poverty are jaw dropping, this leaves over half the country at a disadvantage. The sons and daughters of wealthy elite are shipped overseas while the children of the working class are left at the mercy of the State and the hearts of charity, also known as scholarships.”
It stated that in a desperate act to redeem capitalism, the State provided a few fortunate individuals with government bursaries, which included meal allowances.
“However, it is not shocking to see that education was not top priority in the recently released national budget. Even though 66.03 per cent of the population is below the age of 24 years old and this young population requires an education,” SYL stated. “In a state where education was not left in the hands of private capital, education would take up a greater part of the national budget. It should be free and available to all. The truth is, one cannot be expected to learn on an empty stomach. The greater tragedy is that the police force, the ones who ought to be upholders of the law and protectors of the people, would consciously throw teargas into students’ rooms.”
It stated that it was tragic that the sons and daughters of “this nation are denied something as basic as food”.
“Today, we mourn the loss of a young woman who died as a result of the calamity that is a capitalist education. May the soul of the departed Vespers Shimuzhila rest in peace,” stated SYL. “It is my hope we will someday rebuild this nation on the basis of equity and justice. #Justice4Vespers