Ramaphosa salutes #FeesMustFall students

2015-11-04 17:46

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Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa went on a charm offensive on Tuesday, saluting the #feesmustfall students. He also called on the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to support the students' efforts to find solutions for unaffordable university fees.

And, instead of being heckled over Marikana, he was even offered support in finding a way of introducing free education by none other than the EFF. However, the EFF's solution included the expropriation of land, which members of the NCOP laughed at.

"There is nothing wrong with our young people.  There is everything that is right about them. They just want to be given the right opportunities and this is the time we can do so," Ramaphosa said.

Mere hours after a parliamentary committee was briefed by police on the student protests of the past weeks, Ramaphosa said: "What we should do now is to support their effort to find solutions.

"We must work with them. We must find answers to make their education more meaningful so that it is not a burden on themselves or their families. This is a moment that we should never lose."

Ramaphosa said it was "almost a new dawn, a new moment" that had brought with it questions over the autonomy of universities.

"Let us have an inclusive process where everybody in university education will be able to engage meaningfully in a process that will produce good answers for our universities."

He warned against "cheap shot" solutions from political parties.

On October 23, President Jacob Zuma announced that fee increases would be frozen for 2016.

He also appointed a task team to investigate the students' issues and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is expected soon to reveal how the government will find the R2.7bn shortfall.

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