The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has blamed President Jacob Zuma for student protests turning violent.

“The ACDP is shocked at the total lack of leadership displayed by President Jacob Zuma and ANC,” the party said in a statement.

“They have allowed legitimate student protests to descend into anarchy.”

ACDP said that the protests were being compromised by “wicked political agendas” from criminals and that lack of leadership is fuelling the fire.

“We have a weak government which seems unable to deal with criminals. The burning of buildings, buses and violence in Braamfontein could have been and should have been prevented,” ACDP leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe said in a statement.

The party added that it was “unacceptable” for the president to be out of the country while the protests were ongoing.

“President Zuma and ANC’s lack of leadership have allowed student protests to descend into anarchy,” the party said.

The ACDP went on to say that they believe the protests have been infiltrated by non-students who are taking advantage of the movement to loot businesses.

The party also said that it supports the goal of free education for the poor.

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