Wits to hold vigil in solidarity with Kenya
- By Wits University
In the wake of the massacre of students at Garissa University in Kenya, Wits University, the Students' Representative Council (SRC) and the Wits Branch of Amnesty International will hold a vigil and a march in solidarity with Garissa University and Kenya.
The gathering of the Wits community is to express its shock and convey condolences to the families of the students and all the people of Kenya.
The Kenyan flag will be flown during the march on Monday, 13 April 2015 to commence at 13:15 outside the FNB Building, Wits Braamfontein Campus West. The leadership of Wits University, students, representatives from the Kenyan High Commission, and an alumnus from Garissa University will deliver speeches at the end of the march.
The Senate Academic Freedom Committee issued the statement below condemning the attack on Garissa University College
“The attack on Garissa University College, in which at least 147 people were killed, has left us shocked and distraught. As staff members of another African university, the University of the Witwatersrand, we feel a kinship with our Kenyan colleagues. As South Africans, we understand the power of global solidarity in the face of evil, and the importance of raising our voices to drown out hate. As academics, we understand the vital need for universities and institutions of learning to provide a protected space for intellectual pursuits.
We urge our own government, and the people and the governments of Kenya and the rest of Africa, to safeguard basic human rights on our continent, especially academic freedom and the right to free speech.
We write in support of the Kenyan people, of the staff and students of Garissa University College and in memory of those who lost their lives. Today, we are all Garissans.”
For media enquiries please contact Buhle Zuma, Wits Communications Officer on (011) 717 1018 or email Buhle.Zuma@wits.ac.za