Blade rips into ‘cowards’
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