Pres. Zuma has yielded to general request that finance minister Pravin Gordhan be added to the list of education task team meant to look into issues concerning students fee protests.

Gordhan was added to the team two weeks after the presidency established the ministerial task team on higher education.

Gordhan, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini were added to “broaden the composition of the education task team”, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

DA’s Party leader, Maimane said if Zuma was really serious about finding a long-term solution to the crisis that has over universities, he would have wanted his best minds around the table, including his Minister of Finance. This is especially the case when any funding solution will have to go through the budget process, which Minister Gordhan oversees.

The ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) also wrote to the presidency urging him to include Gordhan, alongside Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, in the education task team list.

Gordhan is expected to deal with the Fees Must Fall campaign when he tables his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on October 26. In the 2016/17 financial year‚ government has allocated R49.2 billion to higher education.

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