Jacob Zuma’s decision to announce free higher education on the eve of the ANC’s national conference was a conniving, sinister move to make sure his preferred candidate has a popular platform to campaign the 2019 elections from, analysts say.
“Zuma is using the conference as a referendum on free education and is laying the groundwork for 2019. Remember, the ANC thrives once society is divided along economic lines. If Ramaphosa wins, he will find it difficult to reverse this policy, it will destroy him if he tries to reverse it. This is how Zuma ensures his legacy of radical economic transformation lives on.
“It’s sinister, but it will work. Particularly if they push it to 2019. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been standing in front of supporters saying, ‘we need free education’. It found fertile ground.”
“He is being populist, trying to carry favor and win hearts and minds, because technically it’s the last policy announcement he is making as president of the ANC. It’s such an emotional issues for students and for the country, and he wants to take the glory for the decision.
“It also means there is no room for the new president to give a different take on higher education. If the new president reverses the decision, Zuma will look good. That’s how populist it is.”
By: Alet Janse van Rensburg/News24