#FeesMustFall: Protests were too fast for us, Nene admits

2015-10-22 16:34
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News24 is outside Cape Town Magistrate's Court where hundreds of students have gathered ahead of the appearance of six people arrested for the protest at Parliament yesterday.

The student protests were too fast for the government, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene admitted today.

“Government is indeed seized by the matter. The events were faster than us,” said Nene, commenting on the spate of protests on university campuses over high tuition fees.

He said an “interdepartmental task team” had been established to examine the whole financing model of institutes of tertiary learning.

According to Nene, the National Scheme for Student Financial Aid (NSFAS) had tripled in the last five years.

There was also another programme, driven by the presidency, where all stakeholders were represented, not just the state like in the inter-departmental task team Nene said.

“This matter is receiving attention,” Nene said. “There is a process.”

Nene was making a submission to the National Assembly’s standing committee on finance, its budget committee and their counterparts from the National Council of Provinces on his medium-term budget that he tabled yesterday while riot raged outside Parliament.

In that speech he devoted just a paragraph to the tuition issue and didn’t make a significant announcement about it.

Before his speech, Economic Freedom Fighters members of Parliament insisted that the medium-term budget process be suspended until there was a debate on the fees issue and solutions were found.

Presiding officer Thoko Didiza did not allow it.

EFF members disrupted Nene’s speech by chanting: “Fees must fall! Fees must fall!”

They were removed from the National Assembly.

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