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Nzimande meets with Nehawu president, chair of Zululand University

In the separate meetings, Blade Nzimande tried to assist the parties in ending the Fees Must Fall strike.

FILE: Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has met with the chairperson of Zululand University Cyril Gamede and Nehawu President Mzwandile Makwayiba at the university today.

The meetings were held separately in a bid to try to assist the two parties in ending the prolonged two month Fees Must Fall strike.

Minister Nzimande says the labour dispute has been under mediation of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration but has not yielded any results.

He says students are nearing the end of the year which is a critical time in higher education.

The department's Harold Maloka said, "The minister appreciates that he cannot get involved in the labour issues but he felt it was necessary for him to get involved in this particular matter as an informal member trying to assist the two parties to get the academic programme to be reinstated so that it can be completed by the end of the year."

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