I have not been absent, Nzimande tells Parliament

2015-10-27 15:48
Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

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Parliament - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has again rubbished claims that he has been absent during the country-wide student protests.

Addressing Parliament during a debate on transformation in higher education, the minister told Members of Parliament that he had been meeting with various university heads before and during the protests.

"Contrary to what my detractors say, I have not been absent. A week ago I was at the Durban summit and [had] a meeting with student leaders on the sidelines.

"When it became apparent that students nationally were embarking on protests, I immediately called a meeting with vice chancellors and student leaders and have continued to engage with stakeholders until the president made his announcement on Friday.”

While Economic Freedom Fighters MPs heckled the minister and said he was telling lies in Parliament, Nzimande insisted that he has been at the forefront in dealing with the student protests.

"To resolve the shortfall of an estimated R2bn for the fees, we are working out exactly what different sectors are going to contribute with the minister of finance."

He said the details would be announced on Thursday afternoon.

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