- Former president Jacob Zuma has urged university students to become job creators rather than joining the millions of South Africans who are seeking employment
- Zuma made the impassioned plea to university students while addressing an educational lecture at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, Eastern Cape
- The former president said students couldn’t only be educated to seek work but needed to be educated in how to create jobs
Former president Jacob Zuma has urged university students to become job creators rather than joining the millions of South Africans who are already seeking employment. Zuma said students couldn’t only be educated to be labourers but needed should also learn how to create employment.
Zuma made the impassioned plea to a packed hall at an educational lecture hosted by the Walter Sisulu University Mthatha campus in the Eastern Cape. He said the youth should be enabled through various means to create work rather than sitting at home when they could not find work.
Zuma said the youth needed to think outside of the box and should educate themselves on how to challenge the current understanding of freedom and democracy.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zuma decried the current state of tertiary education in the country. He criticised tertiary institutions for depriving poor students from an equal and fair opportunity to further their studies.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Zuma was incensed by the lack of opportunities for poor or working-class students to better themselves by obtaining a tertiary education.
He said many of these students could not pay the fees and were, therefore, turned away which condemned them to an endless cycle of remaining poor.
Zuma also slammed the practice some institutions took of withholding student results if they were unable to pay their fees. He said this practice was damaging the economy because it took potentially skilled people out of the employment pool.
Zuma said countries with poor education could not rightfully or proudly walk among other countries which meant that South Africa suffered for a long time.
He said even countries which South Africans tended to think were worse off produced better education results which damaged the country’s reputation. Zuma noted that the situation had improved in recent years and South Africa was now taking its rightful place in the world.
Last December, Zuma announced that the government would fund free tertiary education for students from poor or working-class families. On Wednesday, he told students he would never regret making the announcement.
During his speech, Zuma surprised everyone when he joined calls for nationalisation. The former president said nationalising land, mines, banks and industry would lead to economic freedom for the black majority.
This statement stands in stark contrast to Zuma’s stance on nationalisation while he was president.
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