Nzimande a 'man without a plan' - DA

2015-10-29 17:26
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Cape Town - The DA has accused Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande of hiding from the "crisis" facing higher education.

This came after the department said it would not make an announcement on Thursday - as originally indicated - on how it would fund the shortfall resulting from President Jacob Zuma's announcement that tuition fees would not increase in 2016.

On Tuesday, Nzimande told the National Assembly that details on how the R2.6bn shortfall would be covered would be provided on Thursday afternoon after a meeting in the Presidency.

President Jacob Zuma took a decision that there would be no fee increases at tertiary institutions in 2016 following days of protests by students.

DA education spokesperson Professor Belinda Bozzoli said the postponement of the announcement was a demonstration of sheer disinterest and skewed priorities.

"The minister has again not delivered on a commitment to South African students. This will create more uncertainty and increase frustration across South Africa. Students have every reason to be upset," she said in a statement.

She said it was urgent that the country received a report on Nzimande’s plan to address the funding shortfall.

A man without a plan

"This is no joking matter. It requires bold leadership, and a commitment to re-prioritise the money now, rather than later.

"Nzimande remains a man without a plan on higher education. This needs to change, and soon, if young South Africans are to be equipped to pursue a better future.”

Nzimande earlier said the department had identified money that could be re-prioritised, and wealthier universities said they would contribute.

Funding models that have been considered include more money from the private sector, a wealth tax and a graduate tax.

During a march from Johannesburg to Sandton on Wednesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters called on companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to each put 100 students through university.

The Congress of the People felt the delay was a sign that Nzimande was "clueless" about where the money was going to come from.

"Day by day, he is losing the confidence of both students and the nation. In our view, the president should sack him," said Cope MP Dennis Bloem.

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