Pietermaritzburg - South African Communists Party (SACP) General Secretary Dr Blade Nzimande has called on the Young Communists League (YCL) to help stop the destruction of property at tertiary institutions which he said was carried out by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
He was delivering the Moses Mabhida memorial lecture in Imbali Township on Sunday where he said it pains him to see universities getting torched. Nzimande was previously the minister of higher education.
The SACP general secretary said in 2015 and 2016 during the height to Fees Must Fall campaign the cost of damages at universities reached R800 million.
Nzimande said while the reason behind the protests was genuine, they had now been taken over by formations with different agendas, including the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF).
“We know that the EFF is doing this because they know that they will never govern, progressive youth formations should protect institutions of learning and not compete with others in destroying properties, and I am challenging the YCL to deal with this,” said Nzimande.