Transport minister hails women of #FeesMustFall

2015-10-27 17:10
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. (AFP)

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. (AFP)

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Mbombela - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has praised the female students who led the #FeesMustFall protests for showing strong leadership and uniting the youth despite their different political affiliations.

Peters was speaking at the unveiling of the R70m Buscor state-of-art terminus in White River, Mpumalanga, on Monday.

The giant bus company, which transports more than 160 000 passengers daily, has been under the leadership of Nora Fakude for many years.

"The interesting thing is that this revolution has revealed that the Student Representative Councils in various universities are led by women and we are proud of them. Who still says women are not ready to lead? I dare you," said Peters.

The minister said when women lead, there was always unity.

She said the young women students displayed true discipline in how they led the protests.

The female leaders include Wits University's incoming SRC president Nompendulo Mkhatshwa, current SRC president Shaeera Kalla, and incoming SRC secretary-general Fasiha Hassan.

Peters said the students were not fighting for themselves, but for their parents because they were the ones who carried the burden of paying for university fees.

"Women have shown that we 'thina baka Eva' [of the Eve species], we are doing what is our traditional role in the dimension. This started in the Garden of Eden," said Peters.

But Peters encouraged all students to acknowledge their first-phase victory after the 0% fees increment that was announced by President Jacob Zuma on Friday.

She said the 0% fees increment was a temporary intervention, while the government attended to outstanding higher education matters.

"We are saying... to retreat is not to give up, but to renew one's fight or struggle," she said.

Peters later spent the day with elderly people at Siyaphila Old Age Centre in Msogwaba, outside Mbombela.

Buscor is the main funder of the centre. 

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