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Is Blade Nzimande ready for #FeesMustFall2016 ?
Cape Town – 19 September 2016
SACP ( South African Communist Party) leader and Higher Education Minister,Blade Nzimade,must be hard pressed in still identifying himself as a socialist in light of his distancing himself from the plight of students embroiled in the #FeesMustFall campaign.
Nzimande today announced that it would be up to academic institutions to determine their fees increase for 2017,recommending that the increase not exceed 8%.This however is only a recommendation,with higher education institutions free to implement fee increments at their desired levels.
President Jacob Zuma famously announced a zero percent increase for 2016 at the Union Buildings last year after thousands of students marched on the seat of government during the often violent #FeesMustFall campaign of 2015.Tertiary students in Cape Town famously stormed parliament during the initial clashes with police.
One of the blunders Nzimande made at the start of the student protests was famously saying that if students did not stop their unreasonable demands,then perhaps government should start a “students must fall” movement.Black Twitter then came out mercilessly in their criticism of Nzimande.
There is now threats of #FeesMustFall2016 becoming just as volatile with students at UCT and Wits already calling for campus shutdowns.UCT Vice Chancellor,Max Price,is due to address students tomorrow at 1pm in Jameson Hall,which students informally renamed the Marikana Hall of Rembrance.
Students on social media seem to be divided in their support of the #FeesMustFall 2016 campaign.Many students on Twitter claim that the 2015 campaign was disorganised and unnecessarily violent,and often impeded on others students freedom of choice.
This is what Twitter users had to say about #FeestMustFall2016:
By Wesley Fester
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