Afriforum has expressed great
concern over the way in which the ruling party increasingly subverts the
principles of academic freedom.
This after amending legislation
on higher education has unexpectedly been laid on the table at parliament last
According to Alana bailey,
deputy CEO of Afriforum, the acceptance and implementation of this bill will
put more control in the hands of the MEC of Higher Education and Training,
which may result in the interference in all spheres of the functioning of
Bailey noted that the Minister
of Higher Education Blade Nzimande has interfered in University management on
several occasions in the past and has made many remarks that have caused grave
concern about government’s commitment to academic freedom.
“Should the minister obtain more power in
this regard, debating will be smothered in favour of submissions to government which
will mean the end of the democracy.” Alana Bailey said.
Afriforum has taken a stand
against this bill and requests government to withdraw it, Bailey concluded.
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