By BO Staff Writer
Last month President Jacob Zuma instructed both ministers, Dr Blade Nzimande and Pravin Gordhan, not to raise fees. The media reported that the president had told the two to go find the money within the fiscus to ensure no fee increase for this financial year.
President Zuma’s instruction makes sense since he had instituted a commission of inquiry on the feasibility of free education. Any increase of fees before the commission has completed its work would undermine the intergtity of the commission and render it obsolete. Furthermore, the commission itself is already being rejected by radical student movements. Any increase of fees would indeed prove those who say it’s useless, correct.
The Johann Rupert owned media tried to rubbish President Zuma’s call for no fee increase as an attack on fiscal discipline. This notion was planted in the white owned media by the anti-Zuma, anti-BRICS, neo-liberal functionaries in treasury like the Deputy Director General Michael Sachs.
If the instructions of the president were so clear why did Dr Blade Nzimande give universities Carte Blanche to increase fees? Sources say the anti-BRICS ANC faction of Nzimande, Gwede Mantashe and Gordhan are conspiring to instigate students through fee increases to push a regime change agenda.
The 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. Sources say Gordhan has already tested the strategy, with the help of Trevor Manuel who is also an active anti-BRICS and pro-Johann Rupert agent.
Together with Gordhan, Manuel instigated the credit provider for state owned enterprises (SOEs), Future Growth, to withdraw funding to some key SOEs. Sources say the plan was to precipitate a crisis and try hasten regime change like in Brazil.
Dr Nzimande is applying the same strategy in higher education. The announcement of a fee increase was timed so that it happens when President Zuma is not in the country. The hope was that students would rebel against the fee increase announcement and the police may over react and create a real political crisis which would then be placed on the door step of the president.
This strategy didn’t quite work out as planned and its backfiring as students are calling for Nzimande to go. Gwede Mantashe, who is part of this group, seems to have panicked and then exposed the strategy by trying to openly instigate students to rebel with his inflammatory statements about closing down universities. It was hoped that his provocative statements would alleviate pressure from Nzimande and instigate more militant student action.
Sources close to the anti-BRICS faction say the only way Zuma can now stop the trio and its counter revolutionary agenda, which is supported by the white owned media, is that Zuma must announce free education now. These sources are worried that agents may be planted in the police to create a massacre or death of students. Such an occurrence would work in favour of the Nzimande, Gordhan, Mantashr and Manuel anti-BRICS faction.
President Zuma returned from the United Nations two days ago; his response to the defience of the trio is anticipated with great expectations.