Gordhan meets students ahead of mini-budget

2016-10-26 14:08

Cape Town - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan accepted a memorandum from Fees Must Fall students who gathered in their thousands outside Parliament on Wednesday.

"I have done this many times before," said Gordhan, while he waited under a purple umbrella held by a colleague in the blazing sun. 

A student leader that fellow picketers would only identify as Mbali, read out demands for fee-free decolonised education and the dropping of charges against students arrested countrywide since the September 19 uprising.

Gordhan was told to wait while a student leader finished an introduction.

When he said he had things to do, they accused him of being impatient.

"That's not fair," he said.

He tried to take the microphone after signing the memorandum, but student leaders refused. 

After accepting it he went back towards the National Assembly for his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.

Asked by News24 if he has good news for the students he said: "A little bit."

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