- Student protestors have vowed to bring the country to a standstill if their demands are not met
- Many of the protestors are not satisfied with Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzaimande's response to the crisis
- Protestors are demanding free registration, the scrapping of historical debt as well as allowing poor students to register
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzaimande is in the firing line as student protestors are threatening to shut the country down.
Protestors are not satisfied with Nzimande and his response to the crisis. Protestors have threatened to grind higher education to a halt and bring the country to a standstill.
A national day of protests is planned for Monday as students continue their battle for free education.
Wits University student representative council (SRC) president Mpendulo Mfeka said SRCs across the country are prepared to bring the country to a grinding halt.
Students are demanding free registration, the scrapping of historical debt as well as allowing poor students to register without being forced to pay.
Mfeka had disrupted a meeting between Nzimande, University representatives and SRCs and staged a walkout.
"Wits University SRC led by @mfeka_mpendulo disrupts and leaves a meeting with Minister of High Education, SAUS and all SRCs in the country. Wits SRC says The Minister will not address them, they not prepared to meet and the minister knows their demands. #Witsasinamali."
"Half the SRC have joined us in leaving the meeting with SAUS and DHET."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma has broken his silence over the recent student protests which rocked the country this week, particularly when Mthokozisi Ntumba, a bystander was fatally wounded in a shooting incident.
Zuma is seen as a hero in the fight for free education ever since his announcement in 2017 that free education would be available for all.
“It's not a small feat that students fight for the right thing and they get shot at. How do you explain this to people?"
In other news, former University of a Witwatersrand vice-chancellor Adam Habib has angered many with his use of a racial slur. Habib said the n-word while addressing students during a webinar. Habib currently works as the director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
In videos shared on social media, Habib can be heard saying that the word is commonly used where he comes from (SA). Students during the webinar called Habib out for the usage of the racial slur but he quickly defended himself as they expressed their anger.
The EFF has now called for Habib to be fired and brought to book due to his series of tweets regarding his usage of the word.
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Source: Briefly News