NSFAS: South Africans Voice Frustration Through #BladeMustFall

NSFAS: South Africans Voice Frustration Through #BladeMustFall

- Minister Blade Nzimande is trending on social media as frustrated students share their thoughts

- Students and other South Africans are annoyed that the closing date for NSFAS registration is coming up

- #BladeMustFall is now allowing those angered by issues with the minister to share their opinions

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Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Bonginkosi Emmanuel "Blade" Nzimande has frustrated South Africans who have taken to social media to air their grievances about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme's (NSFAS) registration.

#BladeMustFall is at the number one trending spot on South African Twitter. Various videos of the minister have been shared on the social networking site with captions that display pure anger and annoyance at the fact that registration will not reopen.

Most of the tweets seem to be focused on the closing date of NSFAS registrations but some peeps are showing their support for the minister. Briefly.co.za compiled a few of the top tweets under the hashtag about Nzimande.

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Minister Blade Nzimande is trending on social media as South Africans use #BladeMustFall to air grievances. Image: Frennie Shivambu / Gallo Image and Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg
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Read some of the tweets below:

@ThokozaniNala said:

"While we support #BladeMustFall and the call for NSFAS to work efficiently, students must also take Blade advice which he repeats time and time again - stop studying irrelevant and outdated courses."

@sindane3 wrote:

"Don't forget #BladeMustFall all students to the front!"

@PhathutshedzoM7 shared:

"#BladeMustFall being a black child trying to acquire education in South Africa is one of the toughest milestones. How does a minister see it fit to reduce the number of students who enrolled so that they can better their lives?"

@TshepoMohlophe1 tweeted:

"#BladeMustFall year in year out black students continue to be systematically excluded from the higher education system under his watch, fees have not fallen."

@LKMamabolo added:

"This anti-progressive tactics of trying to accommodate the tripartite alliance in Ministerial positions are costing us the future of this country. Blade Nzimande has no track record of excellence in any Ministerial position let alone Higher Education, we are fed up! #BladeMustFall"
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that Nzimande confirmed that 2021 NSFAS applications won't reopen. This year the fund has received over 750 000 applications, a fair few more than the 185 000 recorded previously.

Nzimande pointed out that the extension has been passed over in favour of screening those who had applied:

"We gave four months last year, four months, for those who want to apply to apply. We are now focusing on screening for purposes of allocating those who are successful. We cannot unfortunately be able to reopen."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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