Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande is yet to respond to the recent ruling by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. The court declared his decision to place the University of South Africa (Unisa) under administration and appoint Professor Ihron Rensburg as the administrator as unconstitutional, as reported by SABC News.
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The court has taken a firm stance by ordering the Minister to retract his previous decision. In response to this development, Unisa’s spokesperson, Nolwazi Mwabi, expressed the university’s approval of the court’s judgment.
Mwabi states, “The court ruled that the Minister must immediately retract the Government Gazette of 27 October 2023. The university believes that this court decision is sound and correct, given that the matter pertaining to the review of the Independent Assessor Report, which largely formed the basis of the Minister’s decision, is still before the court and yet to be concluded.”
This ruling marks a significant development in the ongoing dispute between Blade Nzimande and Unisa, and it highlights the importance of adherence to due legal processes in matters involving higher education institutions. The Minister’s response to the court’s decision is highly anticipated, and it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds in the coming days.
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