CentralSA#CoronavirusFS: Nzimande unaware of contraventions at college
─── KATLEHO MORAPELA 11:33 Thu, 29 Oct 2020
The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology says the department is not aware of any Covid-19 contraventions at the Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein.
In a written parliamentary reply to the African Transformation Movement (ATM), Dr Blade Nzimande says his department and the Principal of the College are not aware of any alleged flouting of Covid-19 regulations, neither are they aware of any whistleblowers’ report suggesting any such contraventions. Replying to the party's Member of Parliament (MP), Thandiswa Marawu, he further states that the college's Council Chairperson also did not receive any report about a lack of masks and a lack of social distancing on the premises and in lecture halls.
Whilst Nzimande did not respond to Marawu's question as to what steps will he take to thoroughly investigate the matter, he outlined that according to the Principal of the Motheo TVET College, the college is unaware of a whistleblower who raised such allegations to the council's chairperson.
"If these allegations were made, the council, as the highest decision-making governance structure, would have followed the college policy on whistleblowing," he said.
Nzimande further maintains institutions of higher learning are adhering to Covid-19 guidelines and that measures are put in place at the different campuses to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.