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President Zuma leaves out Pravin from a task team to deal with #FeesMustFall

In a statement released by The Presidency on Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma announced the establishment of  a Ministerial Task Team to resolve the current impasse at institutions of higher learning. Absent from the task team is Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is set to answer a summons to appear in court on November 2. It is Gordhan’s ministry that would of course be tasked with finding the funds to better fund higher education.

The ministers that did get the nod are: The Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe as Convenor, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba.

Notable for their presence are ministers in the security cluster.

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Image credit: Yeshiel Panchia

“We urge all stakeholders including students, university management, parents and religious leaders to cooperate with the Ministerial Task Team to ensure that the future of our children is not jeopardised,” President Zuma said.

According to the statement, government reiterates its full commitment to promoting access to higher education for the children of the poor and the working class. Although without actual input from the finance ministry on the task team, it remains to be seen how well this commitment will translate.

5 Comments
  1. andy says

    you get what you pay for. free education equals worthless degrees. you can buy them online . so why waste 3 years at university.

    1. Lunga says

      That is an incredibly flawed viewpoint.

      1. henri says

        Agreed. Hardly a viewpoint at all. More a smug “not me or mine” little sneer.

  2. Neels says

    Maybe the opposition parties must step up there game Because Zuma is busy flashing he country down te drain. Stop the poor fool please.

  3. thereal says

    Ahh, the security cluster. An unholy trinity, even. There’s going to be a mass crackdown. They’ve already decided the what – the above “task force” is merely going to decide the how. Considering that the “Rainbow Nation” essentially gave government a free pass after the Marikana murders, expect this to be not pretty.

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