One could argue the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement of 2015 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The student fees protest extended to parliament, while the EFF joined in the fracas. Police force was then used to deal with the matter, as seems to be customary these days.
And with all this going on around him, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivered his speech, which was not filled with any surprises. One could argue the #FeesMustFall initiative came about too late for him to re-jig the numbers and facilitate the request for a 0% increase in university fees, some even calling for a reduction.
But this may be why it goes down as one of those days in history, as it all put education back where it needs to be, front and centre of government’s eye-line. Some even saying the scenes of today brought back heartfelt memories of the Soweto Uprising in 1976.