File: Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said the fight for free tertiary education has turned into protests for regime change and have echoes of Marikana.
CAPE TOWN - The fight for free tertiary education has turned into protests for regime change and have echoes of Marikana.
That’s according to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.
“This is no longer about fees anymore. This is about trying to cause discontent. It’s about regime change, to be quite honest," said Nzimande.
Nzimande said the #FeesMustFall protest movement began as a legitimate concern, but is now really about removing President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet.
“There are elements of people fanning the inter-union rivalry like in Marikana. That’s definitely there."
"The EFF is visible everywhere in these activities taking place and these activities seems to be well co-ordinated," he said.
Nzimande has a clear message for students. Let’s keep on talking, negotiate, but go back to class.
Listen to Annika Larsen's interview with the minister below.