Zuma brings out big guns for Fort Hare centenary

2015-11-20 13:16
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is bringing out the big guns as he establishes an interministerial committee to plan and co-ordinate the centenary celebrations at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape next year.

The university has been the alma mater of ANC stalwarts such as Oliver Tambo, former president Nelson Mandela, and Govan Mbeki and has always been a stronghold of the ANC.

However, in a historic win in May, the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation won the Student Representative Council of the university from the ANC-aligned South African Students Congress.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane told The Times in May that Sasco's defeat was disappointing because Fort Hare was the party's pride and that it was not easy to accept.  

In a statement on Friday, Zuma said: "Working with the university and the department of arts and culture as the lead department, the interministerial committee will ensure urgent and precise planning for the success of this momentous occasion.

"There will be other activities in line with the centenary celebrations that will also take place during the year."

The interministerial committee members are:

- Minister in The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe (chairperson);

- Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa;

- Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi;

- Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan;

- Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula;

- Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande;

- Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane;

- Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko;

- Minister of Public Works Thulasizwe Nxesi;

- Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor; and

- Minister of State Security David Mahlobo.

Zuma said he is certain the committee will do its best to ensure a "historical occasion" for the university.

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