- Jacob Zuma believes that is South Africa had instated free university education years ago, South Africa would be ahead
- His support of the #feesmustfall movement was announced to the Congress of South African Students
After being asked to step down as president, Jacob Zuma has spoken publicly about education. He has made a public appearance during which he again gave his support in favor of free education.
On the 8th of June, the former president announced that the country would have been years ahead were this the case by saying that “we should have declared free education more than 10 years back. We would be very far now in terms of what is that we are doing in every level in our country.”
As reported by TimesLIVE, he is of the opinion that free tertiary education would result in more job creation. According to Zuma, this would have alleviated the high unemployment rate.
Criticism against free education at a tertiary level varies. Some believe that it would cause economic upset in the already unsure economy. Others are of the opinion that it would lower the standard of education, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Yet others still believe in the cause.
The #feesmustfall movement is still going and some fear the repeat of the 2015-2016 protests. During this time, both sides did much damage. Police brutality was openly used and rioters caused more than R600,000 worth of damage.
One can only hope that the current government will find a fair solution to the problem and that no violence will occur again because of this topic.
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