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Third force behind student protests: Nzimande

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Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande believes the demands of students have been hijacked by a third force.

Nzimande says poor students are plundering universities on behalf of the rich who know that they will send their children abroad as soon as the higher education system collapses.

He says ongoing protests are all about scoring political points.

“There is a political war here – its no longer a legitimate fight started by students for free education. By the way the free education is government policy, however, there is a third force at play here,” says Nzimande.

He says if the protests go on, the children who will suffer more are the poor because the rich will take their children to overseas universities.

“Those who say they are burning properties because they are fighting for the poor are lying, in fact they are fighting on behalf of the rich who will be able to further their education elsewhere,” he adds.

[Source: SABC]
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