Students disrupt summit, demand for Zuma to hear them out

2016-10-03 13:13
President Jacob Zuma (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

President Jacob Zuma (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - 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.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana stood up and tried to calm them down by saying he will give them an opportunity to speak, however the students were not interested.

They began singing “Asinamali (We don’t have money)”.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande left shortly afterwards, followed by Public Works and Police Ministers Thulas Nxesi and Nathi Nhleko.

Minutes later, Nzimande returned to the meeting room and reprimanded the students.

The summit was being held at Emperor's Palace on the East Rand in the wake of nationwide protests across the country where university students were calling for free higher education.

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