Blade rips into ‘cow­ards’

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em­pha­sis­ing that govern­ment had com­mit­ted to an al­most R10 bil­lion injection into the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (Nsfas). At all the brief­ings, stu­dents were urged to stop protest­ing and oth­ers were urged to dis­cour­age them.

Nz­i­mande did not spec­ify who was threat­en­ing his job. How­ever, the ANC Youth League has been crit­i­cal of Nz­i­mande’s lead­er­ship, and its pres­i­dent, Collen Maine, has threat­ened to march on his home.

“Does it mean that if I dis­agree with the min­is­ter of wa­ter, we should then or­gan­ise big marches and protest to her about the fact that there is drought in South Africa? That is re­ally cow­ardice. If peo­ple have got is­sues with me or the SACP in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, they must raise that in the ap­pro­pri­ate struc­tures, they must not gam­ble with the work of govern­ment,” said Nz­i­mande.

Re­peated calls for stu­dents to go back to class ap­pear to sug­gest that govern­ment is not en­tirely con­vinced its cash injection will be enough to quell protests in com­ing weeks. While Nsfas stu­dents have been at­tended to, the is­sue of the “miss­ing middle” – stu­dents who don’t qual­ify for Nsfas and can­not af­ford fees – has been left to univer­si­ties to solve. Af­ter a briefing this week, education sub­com­mit­tee chair Naledi Pan­dor said univer­si­ties had not made a

Blade Nz­i­mande

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