Bongani is an education reporter at the Mail & Guardian.
The ruling ANC-aligned student body, Sasco, has suffered an embarrassing election defeat by the EFF at the Vaal University of Technology.
The minister is keeping the lid on a ‘feasible’ free education plan he has in his possession.
EFF leader Julius Malema told students at VUT that the EFF is the only party that's not in anyone's pocket, "but in the pockets of the masses".
Sasco denies being compromised by its links with the ANC as dissidents plan a breakaway grouping.
The organisation founded by Reverend Frank Chikane in 1985 has a bold vision to make quality education available to the underprivileged.
The higher education minister admits the national fund will be unable to assist all the financially needy students until the economy improves.
Academics claim varsity leaders count foreign black scholars as equity candidates, for instance.
Students marching on Blade Nzimande's office in protest at the cost of university education are told they should instead be targeting big business.
Protesting students say that NSFAS has reached its sell-by date and the only option now is free education and cancelling student debt.
Acting vice-chancellor bends the rules to readmit 5 000 needy students who faced exclusion.