Mabuza: Govt must find money to help students

Mabuza: Govt must find money to help students

Deputy President David Mabuza has told the National Assembly that government must find the money to support cash-strapped students. 

David Mabuza National Assembly - GCIS

Mabuza made the remarks while answering questions from MPs on Tuesday. 

Students have been protesting over the past week over various issues affecting them, including the issue of historical debt. 

They want historical debt to be scrapped and have taken to the streets to voicer their anger. 

Mabuza told MPs that he believes the situation would soon be resolved. 

“I am sure in the next week, all our students that are now in the streets will go back to school. We’ll find the money, we will support them. We have a duty to support them, there is no other way. As a country we must know we must support our young people to be skilled.” 

The deputy president also moved to defend High Education Minister Blade Nzimande, who has come under fire for his handing of the sector. 

Nzimande was also in the portfolio when the original Fees Must Fall protests began in 2015. 

“I don’t think it will help us really to zone down the problem to an individual minister Nzimande,” he said following a question from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).  

“It’s a problem we have as a country. We’ve just emerged from a Covid-19 situation and our financial situation is not very good. 

“So the minister is trying very hard and he will be supported by the cabinet, by the president. We will try to find money and support our students. 

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