Chancellor of Unisa, Judge Bernard Ngoepe has commended Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaders for furthering their studies stating that South Africa needs more educated leaders to move the nation forwards.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony where the fighters’s leader received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Ngoepe praised the EFF leaders for the decision to upgrade their education status and called on other political parties in the country to emulate the EFF guys and do same.
“We sincerely hope that will also be the case with regards to leaders of other political parties…the world needs knowledgeable leaders given the complexities of the global world. We need to have leaders who are knowledgeable to lead the millions of people,” Ngoepe argued.
Referring to the deteriorating status of South Africa as a nation, the judge pointed out that the country’s condition is critical and that educated leaders are better equipped to turn things around for good.
“In South Africa, it’s more important that we produce people with great intellectual capacity because South Africa is at a critical stage to build a new nation.
“We can’t realize that if we don’t have intellectuals. We all thought that South Africa would be this paradise but corruption, nepotism and poverty are still bedeviling this country…we need intellectuals who will hold leaders to account for the things they promised the nation many years ago,” he stated.
With that, he indicated that it’s not right for certain organisation to toy with education in the country. “How can it be correct that at times…we struggle to understand if it’s a powerful union in charge of the education of our children, or government?
How can it be right that in this country we still continue to have such a big divide between the rich and poor? If we have one of the best Constitutions, how can we be the worst when it comes to the divide between rich and poor?” He inquired as well and asserted that the country is not the paradise many imagined it will be.
“Perhaps we have never even began to get there,” he added.