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CAPE TOWN — The DA says Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma needs to clar­ify if the He­her Com­mis­sion re­port on the fund­ing of higher ed­u­ca­tion will form the ba­sis of his gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy.

DA MP Belinda Boz­zoli de­scribed “bizarre ru­mours” that Zuma looks set to ig­nore the find­ings of the multi­mil­lion rand re­port in favour of a pop­ulist model de­vel­oped by a stu­dent, as “chill­ing”.

City Press re­ported on Sun­day that Zuma was look­ing to find the R40 bil­lion short­fall by cut­ting so­cial grant pro­grammes and in­creas­ing Value Added Tax, against the ad­vice of Na­tional Trea­sury.

“Or­di­nar­ily, these ru­mours could be dis­missed with the con­tempt they de­serve, but we have seen, time and time again, that Pres­i­dent Zuma will put his own in­ter­ests above the best in­ter­ests of South Africans,” she said.

“If he sees it as be­ing in his in­ter­ests to give pri­or­ity to a pop­ulist and un­sus­tain­able pro­posal, over a tax­payer­funded, pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced com­mis­sion, he might well do so.”

The SA Com­mu­nist Party for it’s part has crit­i­cised Zuma’s “ap­palling” con­duct in wait­ing two months to re­lease the re­port, and fail­ing to share it with for­mer Higher Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Blade Nz­i­mande, while shar­ing it “ac­cord­ing to undis­puted me­dia re­ports, with his al­leged son­in­law or boy­ friend of his daugh­ter”.

The SACP’s Nz­i­mande was the only min­is­ter dis­missed in Zuma’s re­cent cab­i­net reshuf­fle.

Cosatu mean­while said it will re­ject the pro­posed ring­fenc­ing of R50 bil­lion from the Un­em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance Fund (UIF) for TVET col­leges.

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