2017 was in­deed a mo­men­tous year

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ro­ma­nius Zulu

THERE is no doubt that the year 2017 was a year most South Africans will never for­get. The gov­ern­ing party ap­proved two im­por­tant poli­cies re­gard­ing ed­u­ca­tion and land is­sues.

But what is in­trigu­ing is why it took so long for the poli­cies to be ap­proved. The de­layed im­ple­men­ta­tion of the free ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy has robbed many peo­ple of a chance to get an ed­u­ca­tion to bet­ter their lives.

At last, thanks to Pres­i­dent Zuma, chil­dren from poor fam­i­lies will be able to en­rol at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions. We hope the pol­icy will be im­ple­mented with­out de­lay.

Some MPs from op­po­si­tion par­ties are ask­ing silly ques­tions, though. They ask where the money will come from to fund free ed­u­ca­tion. They are be­ing disin­gen­u­ous. Why are they not ask­ing where the money that funds their ex­ces­sive perks comes from?

The min­is­ter of fi­nance has as­sured the na­tion that an ex­pla­na­tion will be given dur­ing the Bud­get speech, but the MPs keep ask­ing these ques­tions to score cheap po­lit­i­cal points. The MPs need to be told that the time for pol­i­tick­ing is over; peo­ple want ser­vice de­liv­ery and noth­ing else.

The land is­sue is a painful one. Our grand­fa­thers were robbed of their land through the bar­rel of a gun, and ap­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion is the cor­rect de­ci­sion. We ap­pre­ci­ate it. Morn­ing­side, Dur­ban

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