#FeesMustFall: Nzimande, MPs are set to face off

2015-10-26 10:49
Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

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The crisis in tertiary student funding will finally be thrashed out in Parliament this week.

Tomorrow morning, the Democratic Alliance is likely to raise some heat when it submits proposals to the standing committee on appropriations to amend the national budget to fund the shortfall in funding amid the zero-fee increment agreement reached on Friday. The DA estimated the amount to be R2.7 billion

Arguing that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had missed the opportunity to address the funding crisis in his medium-term budget policy statement last Wednesday, the DA has begun the process of amending the budget through the committee. It has already submitted a letter to committee chair Paul Mashatile declaring its intention and asking for assistance.

In a statement, DA MP Belinda Bozzoli says that the department’s budget was “extremely tight already”, with little or no surplus or identified wasteful expenditure that could be transferred.

The DA proposes transferring funds amounting to R3.8 billion from current allocations. This includes R2 billion from the sale of the government stake in Vodacom, which is currently allocated to the Brics bank, and R69.7 million allocated to VIP Protection Services in the medium-term budget.

Tomorrow afternoon, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande is set to face off with MPs on opposition benches over the #FeesMustFall issue during a debate on “Higher Education transformation” in the National Assembly, which is set down for 103 minutes.

However, 17 Economic Freedom Fighters MPs will be excluded from the debate. They were suspended for five days when they were removed from the National Assembly last Wednesday after protesting and agitating for the #FeesMustFall crisis to be dealt with immediately.

On Wednesday morning, Nzimande is due to brief the portfolio committee on higher education and training on plans to address the student protests.

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