- Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has annoyed Mzansi with his comments about the annual student protests
- Nzimande compared the protests against financial exclusion to the soapie The Bold and the Beautiful
- South Africans are using social media to express their disdain and frustration towards Nzimande during this trying time
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has caused a ruckus once more with his words. Nzimande referred to the annual protests for free education as a 'soap opera, using The Bold and the Beautiful as an example.
Nzimande's comments follow nationwide protests at tertiary institutions against financial exclusion. Some have turned violent and resulted in various injuries while some universities are trying different ways to get the message across.
Nzimande was briefing Parliament’s Higher Education Oversight Committee about the ongoing protests around South Africa.
According to Daily Maverick, Nzimande and the Higher Education Department are expected to meet with the South African Union of Students (SAUS) again. Nzimande and SAUS are reportedly planning to discuss demands by students and the national shutdown of universities.
South Africans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts about Nzimande's recent comments. Read some of the posts below:
"Blade Nzimande says the fees protests were “the bold and the beautiful”. Does this man know someone died??! Mthokozisi was murdered and he thinks we’re a joke?! Yoh. This man must GO!"'
"For @lasizwe to replace Blade Nzimande, be a new minister and take over Blade's seat in parliament. We need young ministers with creative minds who are full of energy."
"Its Blade Nzimande comparing Fees Must Fall to the Bold and the Beautiful for him the NSFAS crisis is like a soapie. So we are acting and he's enjoying the drama."
"People are risking being banned and expelled by institutions of higher learning and their lives for a basic human right and the person who is supposed to ensure that they get it says they are being dramatic? Yhu hayi BLADE NZIMANDE."
"Blade Nzimande really just compared the struggle of young people for access to education to a “boring daily soaps The Bold and the Beautiful”. This is the same man that has been a Minister for more than 5 years."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Nzimande spoke about NSFAS beneficiaries and annoyed SA once more. Nzimande said that around 67% of NSFAS students are also SASSA beneficiaries.
Nzimande stated that this is a great achievement as this means that the "child grant is working" adding that students that may have not been able to study are now reaching the stage where they can apply for tertiary education.
South Africans have taken this news with a pinch of salt. Many Saffas have shared their thoughts about Nzimande's statement about child grant and NSFAS beneficiaries after a post was shared by popular parody account @AdvoBarryRoux on Twitter.
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