Archbishop Thabo issued the
following statement to the Church this morning. It was also released to the
'I will join about 40 leaders of the National Religious Association for
Social Development on a visit to Wits University, my alma mater, this morning.
We are interrupting meetings in Gauteng to do so.
'I appeal to Bishops and parishioners in all our dioceses to support
students and staff at tertiary institutions, and to pray for an amicable
resolution to the crisis. Apart from holding prayer vigils, I appeal to our
churches to give practical help to students in distress.
'I also call on everyone involved in the protests to avoid the use of
force, and on the police to take action which is strictly proportionate to any
threats they may face.
'Government leaders should refuse pay rises as a symbolic expression of
their concern. And they have bailed out parastatals in trouble; could they not
now bail out our students and institutions, at least for a year, while a lasing
solution is sought?
'These are our children, as parents we need to act. Nyaki was arrested in
Cape Town yesterday. He was released from the central police cells last night,
and was scheduled to appear in court this morning. Thank you for your