Nzimande responds to ongoing protests at Wits

The minister believes a minority group is now taking advantage of the legitimate demands of students.

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

CAPE TOWN - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has responded to the ongoing drama at Wits University which has seen disruptions and incidents of arson.

He believes a minority group on the Braamfontein campus is now taking advantage of the legitimate demands of students.

#FeesMustFall Nzimande says the ongoing protests at Wits are led by a "narrow grouping" who are opportunistic. RE

Nzimande has been briefing MPs on Parliament's Higher Education and Training Portfolio Committee today.

It follows a parliamentary debate yesterday on the crisis at universities.

Responding to an IFP MP's comment that some students at Wits are spoiling for more protest action, Nzimande said he is concerned about the situation at that institution.

"The ones who are doing this, possibly is a minority grouping that is opportunistically building on students' legitimate demands."

Nzimande says the majority of students have indicated that they want to continue with the academic programme.

Department Deputy Director General Diane Parker says while most campuses have returned to normal, there are small groups of students who are continuing their fight for free tertiary education and an end to the outsourcing of workers.