Dr Blade Nzimande has claimed that the Economic Freedom Fighters have caused millions of Rands' worth of damage at tertiary institutions because of their political agenda. The South African Communists Party General Secretary is adamant that the party is doing this because they know they will never govern.
Ex-Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, has pleaded with the Young Communists League to aid in the prevention of the destruction of property at tertiary institutions, which he claims is instigated by the EFF.
Speaking at the Moses Mabhida memorial lecture this weekend, Nzimande revealed that it pained him to see universities destroyed.
According to The Citizen, the 'Fees Must Fall' campaign has cost institutions R800 million in damages, something he lays at the door of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The SACP general secretary said that while the cause was indeed a noble one, it has been marred with alternative agendas:
“We know that the EFF is doing this because they know that they will never govern. Progressive youth formations should protect institutions of learning and not compete with others in destroying properties, and I am challenging the YCL to deal with this.”
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Nzimande lamented the fact that the late Oliver Tambo's advice was going unheeded, saying that:
“Even during the most difficult times under apartheid rule there was no destruction like we see today because Comrade Oliver Tambo reminded us that we would govern one day and there was a need to preserve institutions when protesting. The EFF knows they will never govern.”
The general secretary had made it clear to SACP members that factionalism was a threat to their ANC alliance. Nzimande had said that while ideological differences were bound to happen, it should not be allowed to divide the two parties.
He encouraged members to campaign for the ruling party, in the hopes that their efforts would be acknowledged in the upcoming elections.
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