Do not adjust your computer screen, this is not an April Fool’s joke. In a sensational exclusive, TimesLive reports that President Jacob Zuma is set to make an announcement that “flies in the face of the findings of the Heher Commission”.
Zuma is reportedly planning to announce free higher education across the board. TimesLive reports that the president’s future son-in-law‚ Morris Masutha‚ came up with the plan.
Free education for all would mean budgets across departments are cut by R40 billion to make funding available for the 2018 academic year.
Tensions have been rising at university campuses recently as fee hikes are being announced and students wait for the release of the fees report. Zuma has apparently had the report for a while. Compiled by retired judge Jonathan Heher, the found that universal free tertiary education was not feasible, TimesLive reported.
TimesLive contacted Masutha for comment but were referred back to the departments in question. To make the plan work, the national treasury’s entire budget would have to be revised.
Yeah, nevermind that shortfall announced by Malusi Gigaba during his mid-term budget recently.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said he did not know of any plans by Zuma to announce free tertiary education.
ANC insiders said they have heard of Masutha’s proposals but did not know whether it would be feasible at all.
There’s currently no real indication of when exactly this announcement will be made – if at all. But should it come to fruition, it will be an extraordinary move by the president. It will effectively be one giant act of defiance.
Make no mistake, free higher education is a goal that the country must strive towards, but for a president to do it with such disregard for his cabinet and his party… well, that’s another matter entirely.
By: Times Live