By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – The African National Congress Youth League has confirmed via their released statement that they will be meeting the Minister of Higher education, Science and Technology, Blade Nzimande to speak about the free education progressive solutions as part of their next meeting.
“…the NYTT resolved that in its next NYTT meeting it will engage Minister Nzimande to get a sense of the challenges faced and assist him in providing progressive solutions on the matter,” said ANCYL NYTT Spokesperson Sizophila Mkhize.
Meanwhile, the ANCYL has indicated that they appreciate the historical context of the call for free education ‘as first articulated in the Freedom Charter.’ The ANCYL says that leaders deployed by the African National Congress must stop hiding behind English, but get to work in ensuring that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get education.
“As the ANCYL, we are committed to working with SASCO to fight to defend the gains of the National Democratic Revolution.”
Meanwhile, it is reported that the South African Union of Students called off the national shutdown marches after the minister of higher education and training, Nzimande has reallocated R7bn to the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
“Subsequent to the call for a national shutdown, the minister reallocated at least +-R7 billion back to NSFAS following earlier budget cuts. A significant number of universities have started to unblock students with debts to enable smooth registration. Also 22 out of the 26 universities agreed to suspend academic exclusions for the 2020 cohort of affected students,” said Student Union Spokesperson Thabo Shingange.
In addition to the views of the ANCYL, the youth related organisation says that they will be working tirelessly in helping the ANC to campaign for the next local elections.
“The ANCYL commits itself to working day and night to ensure that we win back our Metro’sso that the people’s party can change the lives of the majority.” The African National Congress Youth League has made it clear that they are going to give the ANC, what they called ‘a blank cheque’ in securing a decisive victory for local government elections.