SA rapper AKA has come out in support of the country’s students as they protest at some institutions of higher learning over various grievances.
On his Twitter account, AKA – whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, says he has been monitoring the situation at Wits University and has called on the public and celebrities to unite behind students.
He also announced that he has donated R100 000 to the SRC Humanitarian fund.
The rapper has urged people to join him at the Knockando Residence Hall of Wits from 1pm on Monday when he will hand out meals to students.
I’ve been following the saga unfolding at WITS and I feel like something needs to be done for these kids. These are the very same people we ask for support from when we as public figures need something, yet our indifference and silence in times like these is deafening.— AKA (@akaworldwide) February 10, 2019
I think we need to recognize that the government or the institutions will not have all the answers and that it’s up to us to HELP EACH OTHER … especially people in positions like mine.— AKA (@akaworldwide) February 10, 2019
I have now donated R100 000 to the SRC Humanitarian fund and you will find us @ 13:15 at Knockando Residence Hall TOMORROW handing out some 🍔 and fries 🍟 & standing in solidarity with our people. I know that won’t fix all the issues facing our students but I think it’s a start.— AKA (@akaworldwide) February 10, 2019
I hope this will make other celebrities, private citizens and leaders, STOP 🛑 and THINK 🤔 about what we can do to help these young people. This is not a political initiative, this is about demonstrating that WE are the only ones who can find solutions for our own problems.— AKA (@akaworldwide) February 10, 2019
Whatever our political affiliation, let’s come together for the students … Get off your Instagram, give the hashtags a break ✋🏽and let’s actually DO SOMETHING. See you tomorrow Ⓜ️— AKA (@akaworldwide) February 10, 2019
Super excited to be getting a visit and donation from the original Bhova, Mr SupaMega himself !— Wits SRC (@Wits_SRC) February 10, 2019
We will be starting at Great Hall for the cheque handover and will proceed to Knockando Hall of Residence for the food handover 📍
Thank you @akaworldwide . See you tomorrrow🌪 pic.twitter.com/dR6hxfN5e9