Don’t be­lieve ANC crit­ics on higher ed­u­ca­tion— Man­tashe

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JOHANNESBURG — The ANC’s crit­ics are cre­at­ing the im­pres­sion that the party has done noth­ing to im­prove ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion, ANC sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said on Wed­nes­day.

“Peo­ple re­fer to the Free­dom Char­ter and they read the head­line, stop there, and say there­fore you are of­fer­ing free ed­u­ca­tion,” he said at the open­ing of the Black Man­age­ment Fo­rum’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Midrand.

How­ever, the au­thors of the doc­u­ment said ac­cess to univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion should be granted on merit, he said. Ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion should be free and com­pul­sory.

He said his com­ments re­cently that uni­ver­si­ties should be closed for six months if de­struc­tion of prop­erty on cam­puses con­tin­ued, had opened him up to in­sults.

“Some of you send me mes­sages,” he said.

Man­tashe told jour­nal­ists on the side­lines of a trade union con­fer­ence WELLING­TON — The All Blacks sus­pended scrumhalf Aaron Smith yes­ter­day over a toi­let tryst with a woman at a busy air­port, in the lat­est scan­dal to hit the be­lea­guered New Zealand Rugby union.

Coach Steve Hansen said the 54-Test vet­eran breached team stan­dards and his fel­low play­ers felt he should be pun­ished. “As a re­sult Smith was not con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion for this week­end’s Dur­ban Test,” Hansen said as the world cham­pi­ons pre­pare for their Rugby Championship Test match against South Africa.

Hansen said Smith was seen en­ter­ing a toi­let cu­bi­cle with a woman at Christchurch Air­port the day af­ter the Test against South Africa in the South Is­land city last month.

Com­men­ta­tors said it con­tin­ued a “sea­son from hell” for New Zealand Rugby (NZR) af­ter in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Waikato Chiefs play­ers and a strip­per, fol­lowed by a teenage star’s vi­o­lent ram­page.

New Zealand me­dia ran grainy mo­bile phone in Cape Town last month that if he was higher ed­u­ca­tion minister he would shut down uni­ver­si­ties for six months to teach stu­dents a les­son. ANC Youth League pres­i­dent Collen Maine said his com­ments were reck­less. “When you go to univer­sity, you are not do­ing it for Blade, you are do­ing it for your­self,” Man­tashe said, re­fer­ring to the higher ed­u­ca­tion minister.

He told the au­di­ence that when his daugh­ter lost fo­cus on her stud­ies, he al­lowed her to take a gap year. She sub­se­quently did well in both her aca­demic ca­reer and per­sonal life.

He said the party was open to sug­ges­tions re­gard­ing Gaut­eng’s e-toll sys­tem. It was adding to the mid­dle class’s debt and bond re­pay­ments.

He called on young pro­fes­sion­als to come up with ideas about e-tolls, in­stead of demon­strat­ing against the party and threat­en­ing to teach it a les­son in the 2019 elec­tions. — AFP

All Black pun­ished for toi­let tryst with woman

pho­to­graphs of Smith (27) and the woman leav­ing the air­port’s dis­abled cu­bi­cle af­ter about 10 min­utes.

“This was not dis­creet, it was 14:00 on a Sun­day where there were a lot of chil­dren and fans around,” a un­named wit­ness told the New Zealand Herald. “He was in his full All Blacks uni­form and there was not an ounce of re­morse or re­gret on his face.”

It is not Smith’s first brush with con­tro­versy. In 2014, he said he was “hugely em­bar­rassed” af­ter a naked selfie emerged on so­cial me­dia but in­sisted he had learnt his les­son.

He will face a mis­con­duct hear­ing on his re­turn to New Zealand.

NZR chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Tew said: “This was really bad de­ci­sion-mak­ing by Aaron which re­flects poorly on him, and on the team.”

Tew faced crit­i­cism from women’s groups last month over NZR’s han­dling of a strip­per’s al­le­ga­tions that Chiefs play­ers sex­u­ally as­saulted her dur­ing a team night out. — AFP

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