Minister for Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, said there's a group of students who are hellbent on disrupting academic programmes at universities.
Protests erupted at various universities across the country after Nzimande's decision to leave universities to decide on a fee increment that won't exceed 8%. Students who qualify for NSFAS funding and the 'missing middle' (from households earning less than R600 000 net) won't pay for the increase.
702's John Robbie spoke to him regarding what government intends to do in light of recent developments.
He said that the recent announcement will pave the way for 700 000 university students who won't have to pay for any increases, which is indicative of great progress.
Listen to the interview below:
The issue of fees has never been a central government issue, it has always been decided by university council issue. People are misinformed.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education
We disagree with the idea of free education for all. Why should a child of a sweeper at 702 who is at university be assisted in the same way as my child as a minister? Those who can afford to pay must pay.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education
Society must stand up against this attitude by this small band of students who are hellbent on destroying the futures and careers of our young people.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education