- Peter Keetse recently held a media briefing to outline the EFFSC demands as far as higher education was concerned
- The Student Command leader had called for fee-free registration at universities, NSFAS to be shut down and certificates to be given to students who had yet to fulfill their financial obligations
- Keetse had promised that should the government fail to act on the demands there would be chaos in the country
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Peter Keetse, the Student Command leader for the Economic Freedom Fighters, has called a press conference where he revealed a list of demands, including that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme ( NSFAS) be closed down.
Held yesterday at the EFF headquarters in Braamfontein Keetse outlined the EFF’s demands, including that ‘ no students must be turned back due to lack of space’ and that ‘all certificates’ withheld by institutions due to lack of payment should be given to their ‘rightful owners’.
The Student Command leader also called for the control of the education system by ‘white monopoly capital’ to be disrupted.
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Keetse went on to say that there would be chaos should the government ignore their calls for fee-free registration at South African universities.
The organisation will now wait for a response from the government.
“We have given them deadlines. If they don’t respond by Wednesday, the 9th, they will experience a maximum level of anarchy. We are not scared of it, we know it very well. We have done it before,”
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The group has called for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to be completely disbanded, saying that the EFF wants the middle man removed and government to send financial aid directly to students.
“We reject NSFAS and want a better model”, explained Keetse, saying that the EFF wants financial aid to be ‘administered by the government centrally or distributed on a campus level’.
“The government gives money to NSFAS, they give money to us,” Keetse said, explaining that the EFFSC would prefer the money to go directly to students.
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