ZUMA LIKELY TO PUT HIS INTERESTS ABOVE THOSE OF SA, AGAIN — DA
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.