Economic Freedom Fighters has reiterated a new year message by the party leader Julius Malema that everyone who is in possession of a matric certificate who has never had an opportunity to study further to go to any tertiary institution to demand free education.
Malema delivered his message following president Jacob Zuma‘s announcement in December that government would be providing free tertiary education to deserving students in the 2018 academic year.
The party also condemned the announcement by the universities that they wont be accepting any walk-ins in students for the 2018b academic year.
On Monday, Universities South Africa(USAf) announced that only students who applied last year will be considered for university entrance.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi criticised USAf and president Jacob Zuma and said the two are collaborating on a plan to mislead the public.
“It should now be clear that Zuma announced free education on 16 December when registration had closed.
Ndlozi said universities should be working on a plan to make sure that provisions are put in place to make sure that all who applied and not accepted are now considered.
Ndlozi said all academically deserving students must be given a chance to take advantage of the free education declaration which was made by Zuma in December.
He said management in universities has always been able to deal with walk-in students for as long as universities have existed.
“Why must this provision not be made this year when the country needs it the most? It is precisely that many did not have money that they did not apply; thus, since there is a free education provision, let them be given a chance to apply and their applications considered. “Ndlozi said.
Ndlozi said the EFF will be at the gates of all universities to ensure that academically deserving students are given a chance and considered.