Black First Land First (BLF) salutes the ongoing struggle at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges for Free Quality Tertiary Education. The resolution of the questions facing TVET college students – on the issues of unqualified lecturers, inadequate funding for students from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), late payment of allowances for accommodation and transport, and the lengthy delays in the issuing of certificates for courses completed – are all inextricably linked to the realization of free decolonised education in the context of a decolonised South Africa.
BLF calls on all TVET students to shutdown their campuses. We say shut them down until free quality education is declared. Only after this declaration can all your issues truly be resolved. To this end, BLF cautions that free quality education can only become a reality once the student struggle becomes genuinely anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-imperialist. Otherwise, in the context of the capitalist imperialist onslaught for regime change to remove President Zuma and replace him with imperialism’s puppet Cyril Ramaphosa, the student struggle runs the risk of being hijacked by regime change agents. To this end, BLF calls for a greater awareness and action in the student struggle regarding the need to fight imperialism so as to realize decolonised education and indeed by extension a decolonised country.
Ignorance on this front will prove dangerous to the revolutionary process. We have already witnessed how in Brazil imperialism used students and civil society organizations to bring about regime change.
Last year President Jacob Zuma instructed both ministers Dr Blade Nzimande and Pravin Gordhan not to raise fees and told the two to go and find the money within the fiscus so as to ensure no fee increase in this financial year.
Subsequently undeterred, Nzimande gave universities free range to increase fees. In this context, Black Opinion reported that “the anti-BRICS ANC faction of Nzimande, Gwede Mantashe and Gordhan were conspiring to instigate students through fee increases to push a regime change agenda” and that “[t]he trio’s defiance of President Zuma on fees is part of the strategy to create crises then put the blame on Zuma through using the white owned media”.
The only way President Zuma can stop the counter revolutionary agenda of imperialism and its agents is to announce free quality education now and to make white capital pay.
BLF says no more pseudo solutions! Let white capital pay! Until then, the national shutdown of TVET campuses until free education is a reality is an absolute prerequisite.
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
20 January 2017
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