Because all their daily needs fall on Ouma Maria's monthly social grant, the NCRST
was inspired by the call Nelson Mandela made a year ago for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world's social injustices when he said that "it is in your hands now".
The NCRST is a State Owned Enterprise established in terms of the Research, Science and Technology Act, 2004 (Act no.
These concerns have thus far not been addressed either by the Ministry of Education or the NCRST," a joint statement from civil society said.
Until civil society's fundamental objections to the research law and regulations are addressed we cannot see the point of being drawn into ongoing efforts to legitimize the NCRST and its programmes since they are built on foundations that are blatantly unconstitutional.