If govt can fund nuclear programme, it can fund free education - EFF

2015-11-03 19:09
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24

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Cape Town - If the government could find R1 trillion to fund its nuclear programme, it could find money to make education free, the Economic Freedom Fighters said in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said, even if a person came up with as much as R200 000, they still could not afford an education.

He said students who were demanding that #feesmustfall were not just asking that registration fees fall, or that price increases be "frozen". Students wanted no charge at all for education, he said.

Nobody should have to go and take out a loan for an education either, he added during a debate on the empowerment of young people in South Africa, introduced by ANC MP Thomas Makondo.

Ndlozi said the answer to youth empowerment was the #feesmustfall movement, which managed to prevent a university fee increase for next year after protests that closed campuses.

He said everything else the government spent money on would not be enough without free education.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald was booed and heckled for saying that even though the ANC-led government boasted about its achievements regarding youth empowerment it was actually disempowering white youths.

"If you want to truly empower the youth, become colour blind," he said, adding that the government was turning down white bursary applicants.

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