Forget Nuclear Energy And Fund Education, Durban Residents Charge Govt


The agitation over higher education funding has gained more momentum with Durban Residents taking a protest march to Eskom offices in Westville.

Reports have it that the residents marched to the Eskom offices demanding the government forsake its nuclear energy ambition and provide more funds for education.

Aside from that, the Durban residents demanded that pensioners must stop paying electricity bills.

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BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the residents organized the march under the banner of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance.

Commenting on the memorandum of grievances they handed the Eskom offices, Noluthando Mbeje – one of the residents- told SABC that they are worried about the corruption reports surrounding the nuclear deal.

Mbeje reportedly said: “…we are against the nuclear built. We feel it is very corrupted. There is no transparency and it is extremely expensive. 40 percent of energy received in this world comes from renewable energy. Why would we go to nuclear (when) it is extremely expensive?”

Meanwhile, Parliament Select Committee on Education and Recreation is alarmed by increasing incidents of protests by students in various tertiary education institutions across the country.

The Committee said it accepts and supports the call for free tertiary education for the poor. But then, asserted that achieving that shouldn’t come at all cost, especially with regard to the future of the students.

Chairperson of the Committee, Ms. Lungelwa Zwane said parents being quite about the #feesmustfall protests is worrying.

“Their active contribution will play a critical role in finding the necessary resolutions and prevent any deviation and anarchy,” Zwane indicated.

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The Committee also pointed out that a commitment to dialogue is required in order to find lasting and sustainable solutions to the issue.

“With year-end examinations in the horizon, it will be best to participate in constructive dialogues with government through the Presidential Commission, private sector partners as well as authorities within institutions of higher learning to find practical resolutions to this daunting challenge.

“Vandalism and destruction of property does not assist in resolving the challenge but exacerbates the problem and reverses the gains already made,”  Zwane remarked.