Students unimpressed with SONA2017
With the prospect of student protests at tertiary institutions still on the cards for this year, President Jacob Zuma has promised that government will be looking at various sustainable ways to address the concerns raised by students over the past two years.
Delivering his State of the Nation address in parliament -the president promised that government will continue to address the issues.
He has called on students to be patient because there are other issues requiring government’s attention.
However student leaders say they were not moved by the president’s address as he did not make any tangible pronouncements.
Wits SRC President Kefentse Mkhari says tensions are already brewing on the ground and it is only a matter of time before these boil over.
In 2015 students embarked on protest action calling for free higher education in the country under banner of #FeesMustFall.
This continued again in 2016 with students saying government was not paying attention to their demands.
President Zuma says government will look into the prospect of raising the NSFAS threshold to above R122 000 through a phased basis.
He also highlighted that government had settled all debt owed by NSFAS students and had extended the coverage to larger numbers of students.
KayaFm’s Mbali Dhlamini took a look at the pronouncements made by the President during his address.