Nzimande blasted over failure to answer Parli questions

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 3, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande of showing little interest in the plight of students, after announcing that he would not be present to answer questions in Parliament tomorrow.

Speaking in a statement, party Shadow Minister of Higher Education Belinda Bozzoli said Parliament’s Programming Committee confirmed that Nzimande would be attending a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) conference, and would thus not be able to answer Ministerial questions.

“While global education is important, it cannot be prioritised over the education of the students left back home who are his foremost priority,” Bozzoli said.

“Unsurprisingly, (the) Minister has deemed it fit to abdicate his responsibilities. It is disgraceful and a slap in the face for the thousands of South African students who desperately need access to higher education that this shortfall is likely to preclude them from next year.”

She also stated that Nzimande had continued showing “arrogance and disinterest” since the protests against the department’s proposed six percent fee increase for 2016 flared up, and that he remains a “man without a plan” on how to secure the R2.7-billion needed to fund poor students at tertiary institutions next year.