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The African National Congress, which the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, is a member of, has accused him of going against their policies when it comes to free higher education. The Minister has stepped up and responded to these accusations.


After Minister Blade Nzimande announces that he is working on a task team and says 'there is no free education for all', a Professor from Stellenbosch University comes to believe that there is a sustainable solution for the issue of free education, and a task team is not part of the solution. 


The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has the task of finding resolutions to all the issues students have been protesting about for years. He has now made it clear that there is no free higher education for all as government has previously said that they can't afford it.


Even though the national shutdown has been called off, students are continuing to protest and take to the streets. The public is fed up but the SA Union of Students argues that students have every right to protest.


NSFAS allowances are now in the process of being released to students. Students have also begun receiving their funding decisions for 2021 and in turn, can now register. These were demands from students and with them some of them being met, the national shutdown has been called off.


Following meetings with Student Representative Council members and the Minister of Higher Education, the South African Union of Students has now put an end to the national shutdown with immediate effect. Students all over South Africa were protesting for free education and for students with debt to be allowed to register.


Some students started returning to classes on Monday. For two days last week students burnt tyres and wood in front of the South Cape Bitou campus.

 By Siphokazi Mnyobe


Student debt in the country amounts to billions of rands. This student debt is also behind students not having their certificates and being in limbo after finishing University.


The South African Federation of Trade Unions has requested for Minister Blade Nzimande to resign because "he is now an agent of austerity beating students into accepting government’s programme of stealing their future."


Students are continuing their fight towards free education along with other demands as the National Shutdown is still in effect. 18 Universities have already joined protests and the South African Union of Students has said that this number will grow.


Student protests have escalated to a nationwide shutdown and students say they aren't demanding anything they weren't already promised.


Wits students have said that they will not stop protesting until their demands are met. Now, following the death of innocent bystander, this is only elevating the anger and frustrations students have.


The South African Union of Students have expressed their displeasure with the death which allegedly is a result of plice bullets. They have also issued a list of demands to the Higher Education Minister which included NSFAS funding, free education and registration.


Funding constraints for universities create stress and talk of a possible #FeesMustFall movement and deserving students are being left out of funding schemes because, of Covid-19 related budget cuts and students stuck in the system.


The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Advocate Michael Masutha, has undertaken to assist the Fees Must Fall campaign student activists to approach the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

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