As it happened: Nzimande to students - We're on the same side

2016-10-03 15:30

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has told students that government is on their side and wants free education for the poor but the "system" needs time.


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You threw me under the bus - Nzimande tells student leaders 

Minister of higher education Blade Nzimande lashed out at student leaders accusing them of going back on their word when they disrupted a higher education summit earlier on Monday afternoon. 

"You keep on shifting the goalpost all the time because you don't want us to have a proper engagement. I want people to know that last year you agreed on a maximum 6% increase.

"Then we were all supposed to go out and convince our constituencies to accept that. The moment we left that meeting you never did that. You left me on my own, thrown under a bus," he said. 

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6 UCT protesters arrested 

Protesting UCT students say that six of their own were arrested inside a university building lined with private security guards on Monday. 

The university confirmed that the six were arrested after disrupting lectures and had yet to be charged. Western Cape police said the charges related to contravening a court order. No further details were immediately available. 

Students wanted to enter the PD Hahn Building, but were met by guards dressed in grey camouflage and body armour. 

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Students disrupt summit, demand for Zuma to hear them out 

Student leaders attending a higher education summit have disrupted proceedings and called for President Jacob Zuma to listen to their concerns. 

Student representative council leaders from different universities stood up and raised their hands asking to be acknowledged as the business leaders began addressing the summit. 

Student leaders stood up saying they want President Jacob Zuma to come back to the summit following his opening address earlier. They said they were not interested in engaging with stakeholders who did not have any decision-making powers. 

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