The Friday Stand-In 2016

EFF says tax payers must cough up another 2% to pay for higher education

Three student leaders join this week's FridayStandIn Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng to discuss the future of higher education.

Since the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall campaigns ignited in 2015 and 2016, a new wave of student activism has been on the rise.

Students were united to say that we want fees in the universities to be scrapped. And that is a genuine struggle.

Mpho Morolane,President EFF student command

Students have realised that the freedom narrative is an illusion, and hence they have started to rise up against the systematic oppression.... from institutions of higher learning together with government.

Ngcebo Mqati, Pan-African Students Movement

The student leaders say that the authorities dealt with the protests badly.

They criminalised the genuine struggle of students.

Ngcebo Mqati, Pan-African Students Movement

EFF's Moralane says they want the implementation of free quality education and nothing less.

The introduction of an education tax. 2% of annual income for individuals, and corporations must be taxed 5% of annual revenue.

Mpho Morolane,President EFF student command

Mqati disagreed, saying that is not the solution.

Government has enough without making citizens pay more tax.

Ngcebo Mqati, Pan-African Students Movement

Former Wits SRC president, Shaeera Kalla, jumped in saying while education is not free and "somebody has to pay", government is not prioritising education as it should.

Government claims they need to spend the money on things like social grants, it's misleading, she says.

We can't talk about taking money away from the poor, but the money is there. It just needs to be channelled in the right way.

Shaeera Kalla,Former Wits SRC president

Kalla insists that if the coffers of the country were better managed, the higher education bill could be paid, and allow those who cannot afford institutions of higher learning, the access they deserve.

We know there is a lot of wasteful expenditure. we know our universities are not exactly transparent about the way they spend money. and we know we are also bailing out state owned enterprises

Shaeera Kalla,Former Wits SRC president

Listen to the entire conversation below:

Read More
Top 10 #FridayStandIn hosts and fun moments

Top 10 #FridayStandIn hosts and fun moments

We've been featuring interesting personalities as guest presenters on the Redi Tlhabi show. It's time to recount some key moments

Protesting students did universities a favour, says UCT Law Dean

Protesting students did universities a favour, says UCT Law Dean

There's no 'business as usual' at university campuses thanks to student activism, says the Dean of Law at UCT.

ConCourt Judge is last #FridayStandIn for 2016

ConCourt Judge is last #FridayStandIn for 2016

Activist and former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs hosts the Redi Tlhabi show this Friday.

Civil society and SA govt must call a truce to work together - experts

Civil society and SA govt must call a truce to work together - experts

The conflict between civil organisations and the state needs to come to an end in order to mobilise social change in South Africa.

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

Crispin Sonn, director of Gamiro and son of democratic South Africa's first US ambassador Franklin Sonn, believes in giving back.

Roger Moore has died, age 89

Roger Moore has died, age 89

Listen to Roger Moore opening up to CapeTalk's Melanie Verwoerd about his life, acting and being James Bond.

Popular articles
Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the former CEO of Africa’s largest retailer by far.

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

A policing expert explains that the airport shooting may be linked to the shooting at a Stellenbosch nightclub this past weekend.

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, Andrew Fraser says this looks like a leak and not a hack.

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.