Free higher education will be made available under the African National Congress (ANC), Lindiwe Sisulu vowed on Tuesday night as she drummed support for her presidential bid.
Lindiwe, who doubles as the Minister of Human Settlement said her campaign team has already laid out plans on how to effortlessly achieve this.
She disclosed that her team plans to realize this with the help of a blueprint developed by a ministerial task team (MTT) headed by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) chairperson Sizwe Nxasana to fund poor.
According to her, the so-called blueprint is simply a public-private partnership initiative that does not only rely on government funds to assist students from poor backgrounds.
Sisulu, who was delivering the OR Tambo lecture at the University of Johannesburg expressed happiness that the MMT’s funding model also falls within her own presidential campaign manifesto.
Lindiwe Sisulu delivering the OR Tambo lecture at UJ tonight pic.twitter.com/JCVOpOrqWX
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With these, she urged her listeners to support her presidential bid in order to enjoy the dividends of true democracy and lots more.
Pushing further, the ANC presidential hopeful called for a stronger focus on providing academic, emotional, and psychological assistance to students to make sure that they succeed. She promised to push students towards success if elected.
“Under this regime, free education is possible since it doesn’t rely on government resources. There are some salient issues around loans and how these can be debated or rebated to zero for poor students who perform.
“Looking at the population in universities currently, we would be looking at an estimated 500 000 poor and missing-middle students to be funded.”
Lindiwe Sisulu is one of the three women vying for the post of ANC president. Significantly, this is the first time in the history of the 105-year-old former liberation movement, three women would be filing out against male candidates.
On her side, Sisulu has garnered for herself a commendable number of supporters. But many believe she will make a good combination with Ramaphosa as his deputy.
Since the ANC nomination process officially opened, some branches and ANC wings have been rooting for a female president. But there are strong indications that Ramaphosa may end up competing for the top post with ANC Treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, who is rumoured to be ANC’s “unity candidate”.
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While it’s evident that the ANC may produce to its female deputy president during the December election, many see Lindiwe Sisulu or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma becoming ANC’s first deputy president.