University shortfall: “ANC’s rejection of amendments a middle finger salute to students” - Maynier

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 25, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier, has hit out at the ruling African National Congress (ANC) for “giving the middle finger” to poor student by rejecting a series of amendments to the national budget, that could have covered the shortfall caused by the zero percent university fee increases for 2016.

Speaking in a statement, Maynier stated that the rejection of 26 proposed alterations, which could have made the R906-million available, shows that the interest of ministers comes before students.

“[Today] the ANC voted twenty-six times against making more money available for poor students, voting instead for R720-million for foreign missions, R69.7-million for VIP protection and security services, R1.25-million for ministerial vehicles for the Health Minister, and R540 000 for the purchase of bulls for reproductive purposes,” Maynier said.

“The shortfall in student fees should have been funded by cutting wasteful expenditure rather than cutting expenditure on inter alia Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HID)”.

Earlier this month, the party announced it had obtained documents showing that the Department of Higher Education would cover the shortfall by using funds from the HDI development grant and SETA’s, a claim the department’s Khaye Nkwanyana later described as misleading due to nothing having been finalised.