EXCLUSIVE: Deputy Minister in the Presidency - “Yes, fees must fall.”

By Mathawe Matsapola
07 October 2016

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela agrees that #Feesmustfall, but “universities must remain standing”

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela agrees that #Feesmustfall, but “universities must remain standing”.

During his one-on-one interview with Mathawe Matsapola on Unscripted, the Deputy Minister urged student protesters, “Let’s protect the property even for our future generation”.

He warns that if fees fall, other things such as grants and housing subsidies might fall too, as “it is all about give and take”.

“Finally, when the Universities fees have fallen, I hope sanitary towels fees will fall,” said the deputy minister, adding that if Government is able to provide free condoms, they can also provide free sanitary towels to young girls.

Manamela also had much to say about the SABC’s decision to play 90% local music. He said it’s about taking care of the well-being and livelihoods of performing artists.

Manamela also emphasised that the move was not the result of the efforts of any one individual, addressing the fact that the policy is associated with embattled SABC General Executive for Corporate Affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Manamela promises that the rule is there to stay, emphasising that if Hlaudi Motsoeneng leaves the SABC, “90% local play will remain”.

And you’ll never have guessed this one: the deputy minister’s favorite song currently is Kwesta’s Ngud and his favorite television show is Skeem Saam.

“I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I have been hooked on Skeem Saam,” he admits. “It is one of the best ensembles.”

Watch the interview here.

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