Blade has failed - DA students

2015-10-21 13:36
Blade Nzimande. (File: Beeld)

Blade Nzimande. (File: Beeld)

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Pretoria - The Democratic Alliance  said on Wednesday that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has had six years to address student concerns but has failed to do so. 

"He needs to do the honourable thing and resign and if not President Jacob Zuma should fire him so that someone who can actually do their job, who is interested in the future of our people should come in and take the lead," DA MP Yusuf Cassim said.

Cassim was speaking outside Nzimande's offices in Pretoria where members of the DA Student Organisation (DASO) were holding a picket. 

Dozens of students, who came from various universities said they were calling for free education for all.

DASO chairperson of the University of Pretoria, Kwena Moloto, said they rejected the proposed 6% fee hike.

"At Tuks, we want a 0% increase," said Moloto, adding that Nzimande had been silent about the situation until Tuesday.

"We are not interested. We demand free education for all students who need it," he said. 

Moloto added that the problems did not simply lie in Nzimande but the government as a whole. He said students should not be struggling for education while Zuma lived in a multi-million rand house. 

ANC made promises of free education

Meanwhile, Refiloe Ntsekhe of the DA said the ANC had in the past made promises of free education but had failed to deliver. 

DASO's picket continued peacefully with no disruption to traffic or work around the building. 

University students across the country were on Wednesday protesting against tuition fee increases. 

The South African Students Congress called on all students to embark on nationwide mass action against fee increments until their demands were met.

The protest began last week Wednesday with Wits students protesting against a proposed 10.5% fee hike for 2016. Other institutions joined in this week. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that vice chancellors of various universities had agreed to cap their fee hikes at 6% for 2016. Students, however, were adamant that there should be no increases at all. 

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