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UP student activists to walk from Cape Town to Pretoria to raise R4m for disadvantaged peers

Cape Town – A group of student activists from the University of Pretoria who were involved in the #FeesMustFall protests have announced that they will embark on a fundraising walk from Pretoria to Cape Town.

Thandolwethu Dlanga who is part of the organizers of this initiative said that the walk which is in collaboration with the Elim Gospel Church is endorsed by the University of Pretoria. He said that it is aimed at assisting students battling issues of homelessness, food security, tuition fees as well as those with historical debt.

The group said they have come to realize that the declaration of free education by the government has failed to resolve many of the issues raised by students in the #FeesMustFall struggle.

“Some students have been evicted from their rooms because they have not paid up so they end up sleeping at church,” said Dlanga.

The group made up of 14 volunteers will trek the 1400km route from Cape Town to Pretoria departing from Parliament on 21 March which is a public holiday observing the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. The group said that they expect to reach Pretoria by 10 April.

Dlanga said that they hope to convince more volunteers from Cape Town who will walk the long route with them.

In addition, he said that the University of Pretoria has offered to assist the group with auditing services once the collection of funds has been completed. Rikus Delport who is a spokesperson at the university confirmed that the institution will support the initiative.

The group has appealed to the general public to donate R2 each for every day of the walk.

Those who wish to donate to the group can contact it on Facebook or send an email to Walk4Access@gmail.com

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