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Daily Podcast – November 14, 2017

14th November 2017 BY: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter

Making headlines: Judge says what Zuma does with fees commission report is entirely up to him; Ramaphosa proposes a New Deal for South Africa;And, EFF rejects 'class segregation' proposed by fees-report

For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

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Judge says what Zuma does with fees commission report is entirely up to him

Retired Judge Jonathan Heher, who headed the fees commission, says it is entirely up to President Jacob Zuma what he does with the recommendations of the report.

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Heher told News24 shortly after the report was released that he doesn’t know how much consideration Zuma has given to the report.

Zuma released the much anticipated report around 12:30 on Monday.

The release comes after it was reported that Zuma was preparing to announce a plan to introduce free tertiary education, which Morris Masutha, the man who dated Zuma’s daughter, had allegedly devised.

Ramaphosa proposes a New Deal for South Africa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening said there must be an uncompromising rejection of corruption, patronage, cronyism and wastage.

He said to those with vested interests in ineffective governance, deliberate misgovernance, hidden deals, the concentration of economic control and unfair labour practices, are saying no more.

Giving a lecture at the ANC Johannesburg Region Economic Colloquium at the Orlando East Communal Hall, Ramaphosa said the country was faced with the struggle for economic emancipation.

"Poverty, unemployment and inequality continue as defining features of our society, he said. In the face of poverty, unemployment and inequality continue to be black."

Ramaphosa proposed a "new deal" - aimed at accelerating radical transformation – to be struck between the government, business and South Africans.

And, EFF rejects 'class segregation' proposed by fees-report

The Economic Freedom Fighters on Monday rejected the Heher Commission's report on the feasibility of free higher education on the basis that it will create "class segregation".

President Jacob Zuma finally released the report on Monday, after he received it from the commission in August.

According to EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, the Commission seemed to suggest that those who attended universities could afford higher education, while those who attended Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges were in the main poor.

Ndlozi said it proposes an income contingent loan for those who cannot afford within universities, in particular, the missing middle.


Also making headlines:
SACP slams Zuma's handling of fees report release

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
To keep in touch with the news while you are on the move, visit m.polity.org.za 

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