According to the DA, there are 229 “desperate” South African students studying in Russia who had until Monday October 10, 2022 to pay for unpaid accommodation and tuition fees, or risk becoming homeless not only in a foreign country, but in a foreign country. in war.
The DA says this comes after the Ministry of Education in Mpumalanga canceled the contract to market Green Tutu as RACUS (which is a group of 20 Russian state universities offering degrees in medicine, engineering and technical, economic and humanitarian specialties; taught in Russian, English or French).
Chantel King, the DA’s shadow minister for higher education, said in a statement on Tuesday:
“It is outrageous that in September 2022 the ANC saw fit to send members of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) to Russia as observers to witness a series of referendums aimed at legitimize the illegal invasion of Ukrainian territory. This while the Mpumalanga ANC was aware of the unpaid tuition and accommodation fees of the affected students in Russia.
“The Mpumalanga ANC and by extension the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature should be held to account for the plight of these students.
“Ministers of Higher and Basic Education, Blade Nzimande and Angie Motshekga, should urgently engage the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, and the Mpumalanga Department of Education on this question to avoid these expulsions and radiations of these establishments. The fate of these students should surely replace an illegal assembly with an ill-conceived referendum. »
SAPeople has contacted RACUS for comment.