Open letter to Zuma: 'You failed to deliver free education'

2016-09-07 22:19
FILE: The University of Cape Town's upper campus. (iStock)

FILE: The University of Cape Town's upper campus. (iStock)

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Johannesburg – Jacob Zuma will be remembered as the president who failed to deliver free education, the Young Communist League (YCLSA) said on Wednesday.

The ANC had been unable to provide free education for the poor, despite resolving to do so at its Polokwane congress in 2007, at which Zuma was elected leader, YCLSA secretary general Mluleki Dlelanga said in an open letter to Zuma.

Dlelanga was responding to an open letter by ANC Youth League secretary general Njabulo Nzuza to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. In his letter, Nzuza demanded that he urgently attend to the university fees debate.

Dlelanga described Nzimande as “a door bouncer of free quality education”.

The YCLSA said money to fund no university fee increases for 2017 should come from fiscus adjustments.

Free education could not be Nzimande’s burden alone. He said he believed Nzimande was not opposed to the 0% fee increment.

In his letter to Nzimande, Nzuza said talks about free education for the poor and a 0% fee increase were not bearing fruit.

“The situation is dire, institutions are burning with terror and violence is used against students,” Nzuza said.  

He called on Nzimande to implement a 0% fee increase and to spend less time meeting university vice chancellors.

"Reduce meetings with vice chancellors, because instead of transforming the system, they will transform you to accept the system they have built which is abusive to students."

The higher education department said it would only comment after reading the letter.

On Tuesday afternoon, a law library at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus was torched during a new wave of protests against possible fee increases.


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