CAPETOWN — South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, has been hospitalised after a mob of over 10 people attacked him.
The incident which happened in Capetown on Saturday afternoon saw Blade Nzimande being beaten by mob made up of young men.
According to eyewitnesses who narrated the incident to the South Africa Police Service (SAPS), Blade Nzimande was walking towards where he had packed his car. The men who came from different directions surrounded and beat him up.
He has since been hospitalised and SAPS has launched a search for the attackers.
Many have linked the incident to the ongoing protests by university students seeking for free education.
Several times over the last few weeks, riot police faced off against students singing liberation anthems while lecture halls, science labs and lawns reserved for graduation ceremonies have become the site of running battles, with teargas and stones exchanged in battle. Classes have been suspended for fear of students’ and lecturers’ safety.
The students at the fore of these protests have vowed that no classes will continue until their rallying cry for free schooling becomes reality.