#FeesMustFall Protests: Nzimande Under Pressure as Student Leaders Threaten Second Wave

Blade Nzimande

Blade Nzimande

Nzimande wasn’t too happy when he heard that student unions are threatening a second wave of #FeesMustFall protests, following the failure of the Council on Higher Education to reach a definite decision on fee increases for 2017.

The minister added that no decision had been reached yet, but, according to News24, South African Union of Students (SAUS) president Avela Mjajubana is less than convinced.

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“The 0% last year was a symbolic commitment to the realisation of free and quality education which is our ultimate goal. As students we are unafraid of the use of security forces as well as the use of court interdicts. We will not be deterred from our revolutionary mandate,” Mjajubana said.

Nzimande, however, maintains that government has yet to reach a decision.

 “The correct position is that after I received the report of the Council on Higher Education on their recommendation for 2017 fee adjustments last Thursday, I decided to gather further views and suggestions from all stakeholders, including students and university councils, before proceeding with any announcement on the matter.”

“Given the competing views on fee adjustments, it is indeed imperative that we get as broad a consensus as possible regarding 2017 fees. The false claims that the government has already pronounced itself on the matter are thus not only mischievous, but highly prejudicial to the delicate stakeholder engagements that are taking place,” Nzimande said.

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