ANC 2017 Elective Conference

'Free education is Zuma's parting shot'

There has been much skepticism and heavy criticism after the presidency confirmed on Saturday morning that government will increase funding to support free higher education.

Commission of Inquiry into higher education recommended that government increase its expenditure on higher education and training to at least 1% of the GDP.

Subsidies to universities will be increased over the next five years.

READ: Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Economist Lumkile Mondi says the announcement on the day of the African National Congress (ANC) national conference is opportunistic.

Because of the pressure of competition between NDZ and Cyril Ramaphosa, he is using this to reinforce the radical economic transformation rhetoric that in practice this is what it will do for you, so therefore those candidates particularly the youth who he was talking to in his speech,will change and support Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Lumkile Mondi, Senior Lecturer, Witwatersrand School of Economics and Business Sciences

Political analyst Vukani Mde says the move by President Jacob Zuma, was brazen and desperate.

It's completely amoral. It is classic Zuma. It is Zuma's parting shot to the ANC, to the youth of this country, to the fiscus, its a big fat middle finger. It is meant to reinforce the radical economic transformation narrative.

Vukani Mde, political analyst

All we have is a promise, we have no idea how they intend to deliver on that promise.

Vukani Mde, political analyst

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