'Nzimande Must Fall'

Opposition MPs have taken aim at minister Blade Nzimande during a fiery debate in Parliament.

FILE: Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.  Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition MPs have taken aim at Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande during a fiery debate on the crisis at tertiary institutions, as students at some universities continued their protests.

The IFP has called for Nzimande's resignation while the DA proclaimed 'Blade Must Fall', echoing the Fees Must Fall slogan of the student-led movement.

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Nzimande kicked off the special parliamentary debate in the National Assembly earlier this afternoon by telling members that he did not suppress a report on free education, in spite of media reports to the contrary.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says government must reallocate money from the budget to bolster university funding.

"We have an opportunity as Parliament to amend this budget."

The IFP's Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the minister is not fit for purpose.

"The greatest single threat in any time of crisis is a lack or absence of leadership and what we have come to witness over the past two weeks, has been exactly that.

While the EFF's Mmabatho Mokause says free education is possible, if there's political will.

"Allow us to give you solutions on how free education will come about."

The ANC hit back, accusing some in the opposition of opportunism and hypocrisy.


Students at a number of university's have agreed to go back to class, after President Jacob Zuma announced that fees would not be hiked.

Nzimande says government is already working on implementing its side of the agreement with students, and they must now return to class.

"We're calling on all students to stick to their side of the agreement and resume their academic programmes at all of our institutions and we wish to congratulate those students who have gone back to class after the agreement."

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