Zuma has failed students - Sasco

2016-10-05 17:35
Blade Nzimande

Blade Nzimande

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – The South African Student Congress (Sasco) is losing confidence in Cabinet, particularly President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, it said on Wednesday.

“They have dismally failed to co-ordinate their team in ensuring that it co-operates and finds the money to fund this priority of both the government and the ANC," Sasco leader Thabo Majola said, referring to free higher education.

Sasco was extremely angry at the ANC and Cabinet for failing to treat the student protests with the "urgency and political boldness it deserves". Zuma had failed to ensure his Cabinet implemented ANC policies on free education, and to provide the leadership to solve the impasse between students and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

Sasco decided at its national working committee meeting on Tuesday that Zuma and Ramaphosa had to meet student leaders in less than a week.

Minister on 'holiday'

He claimed ANC sub-committee chairperson on education, Naledi Pandor, did not support free education.

"She has stalled free education. We had serious issues with her when she was the minister of education."

Ministers of police Nathi Nhleko and state security David Mahlobo‎ had to be held responsible for the destruction of property and violence on campuses.

"The minister of state security and intelligence is on holiday. He has allowed destruction of our country's assets, the burning of schools and the torching of university infrastructure."

Nhleko had to be held responsible for the violence police directed at students, Majola said.

Lecturer, students, police injured

On Tuesday, students and police clashed as Wits University reopened its doors. Seventeen students were arrested.

Police fired rubber bullets and teargas at students after they attempted to break a police chain. Some students then threw stones at officers.

International relations lecturer David Hornsby, police officers, and protesters were injured.

Student protesters have periodically shut down a number of campuses nationwide as they called for free education. This followed Nzimande’s announcement on September 19 that tertiary education fees would increase by no more than 8%, but only for those students who could afford it.

Wits decided late on Tuesday that it would close its doors until next Monday, to hold talks with students about access to higher education.

Read more on:    sasco  |  cyril ­ramaphosa  |  jacob zuma  |  blade nzimande  |  education  |  university fees

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

6 myths about male cancer
Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.