President Must Order Reversal of Unisa's Decision - Thuli Madonsela

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South Africa's Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has given her response to Unisa accepting fewer students in 2021. She is now calling for government to reverse this decision. Minister Nzimande spoke more on his decision during a briefing on Monday.


Unisa's decision to accept 20 000 fewer students has not gone down well. Now, Former Public Protector, Prof. Thuli Madonsela has joined others in saying that the decision needs to be reversed.

Madonsela has responded to this matter and said:

The impact of the decision of the Minister of Higher Education is going to be immense on young people ... Unisa is a refuge for many young people who can't make it to our Universities.

She is calling for Government to intervene and to have this decision reversed.

These young individuals are not able to afford full-time Universities, says Madonsels, and with Covid-19, students can't go to other Universities.

"Government should be thinking about all of these things and decide that we can't put yet another burden on young people"

Madonsela now hopes that President Ramaphosa will call the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, along with the Minister of Finance to ask them to reverse the decision or just order the Minister to reverse it.

To further emphasise her point, Madonsela says that Government's job is to prioritise the people of South Africa and the President should take responsibility. 

The Minister has to make decisions that are in line with the President's address to the nation and the President has said we are rebuilding this country together and this stack is not in line with rebuilding better together.

Nzimande made it clear during his briefing on Monday that this decision is not only due to making sure NSFAS has enough funds to fund every student, but also because Unisa has over-enrolled students for the past two years and this is the way they're having to make up for it.

As for students possibly being de-registered, which has not been confirmed, Madonsela says that this will cause added frustration to already present frustrations.

The Professor also believes that access to Unisa contributes to social justice in the country as "social justice is about a level playing field where there are equal chances, equal opportunities for everyone".

The department is adamant that all institutions, not just Unisa, stick to agreed enrolment plans. 

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