Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has called for a combined effort to track, prosecute and bring to book the small band of arsonists destroying South Africa’s education infrastructure.
Reacting to the latest arson attack to hit public universities – the torching of a procurement building at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) at the weekend – Nzimande said “enough is enough, it is time all South Africans joined hands to stop this madness”.
He said: “It cannot be that this tiny band of anarchists, who are hiding behind legitimate stakeholder concerns, can continue to hold this nation to ransom, and be allowed to destroy our young democracy and the future of our students, their families and communities.
“Whatever the issues are, there can never be a rational justification for the destruction of assets that we as a country need to empower the next generation so that they can play their full role in building South Africa and its economy.”
Nzimande called on communities and higher education stakeholders to work with the responsible state institutions to track down this criminal minority and put an end to their barbaric behaviour.