The EFF have released a statement after winning their court challenge of Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technolgy, Blade Nzimande’s, instruction to Unisa to reduce their new student intake by 20 000 this year.

The EFF brought the urgent motion to the North Gauteng High Court at the end of February this year. The EFF asked the High Court to find the Minister’s instruction unlawful and invalid.

The minister’s instruction comes as a result of the impact COVID-19 has had on University intake as well as the government’s finances in respect of funding the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

According to the minister, Unisa would need to “reduce its 2021 first time entering students by 20 000 in 2021 to accommodate the over-enrollment in 2020, and the impact this will have on NSFAS [National Student Financial Aid Scheme] over the next few years until those students complete their qualifications”.

The EFF was damning in their statement after the North Gauteng High Court found in their favour referring to Minister Blade Nzimande as a lunatic.

“Nzimande and the regime of Cyril Ramaphosa enjoy an exhibition of sorrow, anxiety and even death before they come to logical decisions that are in the best interest of the country.”

The court granted a cost order in addition to finding in the EFF’s favour which the EFF welcomed as a vindication of the strength of their case.

The EFF further invited all 20 000 students to take up their places at UNISA as “those who stood in the way of their future have been defeated.”

The EFF concluded by thanking the South African Human Rights Commission, who joined the case as a friend of the court in helping “the court in reaching a just and equitable decision.”

The decision comes in a week in which Mthokozisi Ntumba lost his life at the hands of SAPS during protests over students’ non-registration at Wits University.

The court defeat will put additional pressure on the minister as he tries to balance the student’s needs against the financial challenges facing the country.

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Presh JM Reporter

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