Sponsoring 100 students not enough - Sasco

2015-10-28 17:02
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg – The EFF's demand that JSE-listed companies each sponsor 100 students is not enough, the South African Students' Congress (Sasco) said on Wednesday.

If companies were to do this, it would provide access to "only" R2.8bn in funding, which would not enable free education for all students, Sasco president Ntutukho Makhombothi told reporters at ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, in Johannesburg.

What was needed was for government to impose education and wealth taxes.

EFF leader Julius Malema had demanded at a protest in Johannesburg on Tuesday that listed companies each pay for 100 students' tertiary education.

Makhombothi said this did not go far enough.

"The president himself has made this statement that free education is possible. We are calling on the private sector to heed the call and fund education," he said.

If the private sector did not pay for tertiary education, then government had to intervene, he said.

Sasco condemned Tuesday night's protest at Wits University, during which several fires were set, one of which destroyed a bookstore. Such actions came from groups who wanted attention, he said.

‎Sasco secretary general Luzuko Buko said the EFF had started giving T-shirts to students to further its own cause. The DA also joined the protests against fee increases at a later stage.

Sasco and ANC Youth League leaders criticised Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib for not ending the outsourcing of workers.

Read more on:    da  |  sasco  |  wits  |  anc  |  eff  |  education  |  university fees

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