Zuma open to meeting with students after Imbizo collapses

The Higher Education Imbizo denigrated into a heated exchange between Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and #FeesMustFall student leaders on Monday.

Student leaders expressed anger at what they said was a lack of commitment from President Jacob Zuma, demanding that he return to engage them after he made a speech and left the venue.

However, Nzimande accused the protesting students of "shifting the goal posts" and using the media to grandstand.

We had never advertised that the President was going to stay there for the whole day. We were surprised when we were informed that students were angry that he left.

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson

702's John Robbie spoke to Zuma's spokesperson, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, regarding his version of events from the meeting.

He said that Zuma has never been averse to meeting the students and engage them further, saying that he spent a day with them last year to discuss the university fees issue.

Students are demanding free higher education for all after Nzimande announced that universities were not to raise 2017 fess by more than 8%.

Listen to the interview below:

If they had made a request before the meeting that they wanted to meet the President, then it would have been considered.

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson

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