Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, President Jacob Zuma’s spokesperson says the President's message to students at the higher education summit on Monday, which he briefly made an appearance at, was that government is committed in giving the poor access to higher education and to seeing this commitment being implemented.
The President also said that the only way to resolve the current issues on in higher education is through constructive dialogue and not the destruction of property and violence.
The President left the summit immediately after he finished his speech and the students were not happy that the he did not engage with them.
However, Ngqulunga says it was not President Zuma's intention to stay long. He says the meeting was not organised by the Presidency but the Minister of higher education and the President was invited to open the meeting.
If the students had made a request for the President to be there the whole day, that request would've been considered.— Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, President Jacob Zuma’s Spokesperson
President Zuma's door is always open for any meeting with the students if they so wish.— Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, President Jacob Zuma’s Spokesperson
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