Evidence will be heard from, among others, Joel Bregman from the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Zackie Achmat from Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU),
Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says former President Nelson Mandela’s enormous contribution to changing the education system in post-apartheid South Africa will forever be remembered.
“Mandela was passionate about education and continued to study whilst in prison, earning an LLB. Under his government from 1994, the education system of South Africa began its process of transformation after years of reeling under the degrading system of Bantu Education.
“His administration created one national Department of Education from the fragmented system it inherited, de-racialising and de-tribalising education. He never missed an opportunity to tell our youth and all our people about how important education is,” said Nzimande on Monday.
The Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD) also relayed its message of support to Madiba’s family.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife, Graca Machel, his family, our great nation and the entire world. Even though we all know that death is the inevitable end to life in this world, the loss of an elder is always felt more deeply, removing as it does the pillar of stability and strength,” the forum said in a statement issued on the eve of Mandela’s Memorial Service.
Over 70 Heads of State and Government have confirmed they will attend the memorial or State Funeral, which will be held at Mandela’s birthplace, Qunu, in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, 15 December.
Waterkloof Air Force Base says it’s all systems go for the landing of the leaders will be landing.