We will not sleep until murderers are behind bars: Nzimande
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, visited Coastal TVET College in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday following the murder of Smanga Zulu and Lindinkosi Mazibuko weeks ago.
Smanga together with the other two students from Coastal TVET College, uMbumbulu campus were shot at by an unknown assailant, where Smanga Zulu died at the KwaMakhutha clinic, and at least two other students are currently surviving well in hospital.
“We need to send a strong message to the murderers who are out there that we are not going to sleep until they are arrested,” said Nzimande.
According to Nzimande, the situation at this particular Institution is very bad with a whole range of issues that relates to administration and needs serious drastic interventions from the department.
Nzimande said the management seems to be very fictionalized and that there are people who can’t work together within it.
“I was very struck by the boldness of the chairperson and council members, that the Principal is facing a complex and very difficult situation with his senior management,” expressed Nzimande.
Nzimande said the institution is one college that needs to be made an exemplary of , that the government cannot just allow colleges to be stolen by what seems to be people who are driven by greed, and who wants to capture the supply chain management processes at the college and the administrative missionary so that they steal.
“From the information I’ve gathered today it is clear that there are interests who wants to capture this college for the sake of enrichment. We thought as a department we had enough information only to find that our visit to this institution will open a can of worms,” Nzimande said.
“We are sitting in this college with R43 million unspent money which is supposed to be looking after maintenance but because there are literally thugs who are watching the first cent that is going to be spent of this money. Let us clean out these criminals who are destroying not just people’s lives but also the future of our country more than anything else.”
Other issues relate to finances and according to Nzimande the Auditor General has made adverse findings in the last 4 years where the outcome of this college has deteriorated from qualified audit to disclaimers.
The management told Nzimande that his department have short-comings with issues of backlogs and certification, not addressing the staff who have acquired new qualification, and people who have not been paid for months and some for a couple of years who long retired.
Nzimande assured that these are some of the major factors they will look into and attend too in their next meeting with his department stakeholders.