Student Leader and #FeesMustFall campaign agitator Mcebo Dlamini has backslashed ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for turning a blind eye to the plight of black students across the country.
Dlamini was making reference to Mantashe’s earlier statement on the campaign for free education. On Wednesday, while speaking at Balck Management Forum’s annual conference, the ANC spin doctor slammed students protesting for free education.
According to Mantashe, the education in the country cannot be free no matter the level of protest and violence. He opined that many students misinterpreted the freedom charter about tertiary education.
The top ANC member stressed that while the ANC aims to reach the point of no fees, the charter says university education should be accessible.
“It [Freedom Charter] says university education and technical training will be accessible and be given based on merits. That’s not free education,” Mantashe stated.
Replying Mantashe’s statement on Thursday morning in an interview; Dlamini said he felt disappointed with Mantashe – who he said spoke like “an imbecile”.
Buttressing his assertion, the student said the ANC secretary-generation has shown the country that he doesn’t care about the well-being of students because it doesn’t affect his family and children, who are studying in China.
It’s Too Late To Back Off From Free Education Police – Mcebo Dlamini To ANC
Mcebo Dlamini, who has been spearheading the campaign at the Wits university wondered why the ANC would choose to back off from the free education policy it adopted in 2007.
The ANC in Polokwane in 2007 resolved that the policy for free higher education to all undergraduate level students would be finalised for adoption before the end of 2013.
“Free education is an ANC policy. I am pushing for the ANC to implement its resolutions. “This is the ANC that has created black youth to be dependent. The ANC has created a hungry youth. I don’t know if he is on a mission to destroy or build the ANC,” he said.
Reacting to allegations that the EFF wants him, Dlamini downplayed the allegations – describing it as a baseless speculation. He reassured all and sundry that he is still an active and committed member of the ANC.