Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says he is convinced that government will find answers to address the needs of the students who have been protesting for free education.
We do care. We do understand and we do want to find answers. We do have some answers.— Pravin Gordhan, Finance Minister
The fiscus alone can't carry the entire load. There are a whole lot of proposals we have from academics, private sector, that we will look at in the next few weeks.— Pravin Gordhan, Finance Minister
During his speech Gordhan announced that he has allocated R17.6 billion for higher education over the next three years.
The minister condemned the violence and burning of property, saying burning the infrastructure costs money.
Xolani Gwala asked him about the statement he had made 'When you see me back here in October presenting the medium term budget it means I have political support, that is how these things work', and Gordhan answered:
I presented the MTB Xolani and I hope you like it.— Pravin Gordhan, Finance Minister
Listen to Gordhan talking about his speech below...