Acting education minister gets cold reception from students
Demonstrators were hoping for a response from President Zuma and Minister Nzimande.
JOHANNESBURG - Acting Higher Education Minister Thulas Nxesi on Monday delivered government's response to the demands raised by protesting students outside Parliament, but was given the cold shoulder.
Demonstrators marched on Parliament for a third week in a row, hoping for a response from President Jacob Zuma and Minister Blade Nzimande.
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They've been calling for free higher education an end to the outsourcing of workers and for government to enforce a socialist curriculum at universities.
Nxesi says he's not surprised by the reception.
"I wouldn't expect that I'd get roses from those students who are angry, who started the campaign. So it was not something unexpected."
He says government shares many of their concerns.
"In relation to the no fee increase, already the department has been able to reorganise itself and in fact identify R1.935 billion which they can be able to contribute. Investors have to contribute about R394 million."
Protests over rising university began at Wits on 14 October and rapidly spread to campuses across the country. Last month, President Jacob Zuma announced a freeze on fee increases for next year.
Demonstrators demanded the attention of government by marching on Parliament and the Union Buildings at the height of the protests.
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