I have no plans to announce free education programme- Zuma

By PrimeNewsGhana
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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in a statement on Sunday said he has no plans to announce a programme for free higher education until he reviews the report of a commission studying the feasibility of such a programme.

The rand slipped to a one-year low on Friday amid reports Zuma was preparing to introduce free higher education, which would put added pressure on public finances.

Zuma’s office rejected a report by the newspaper Sunday Times that he had planned to announce the 40 billion-rand ($2.79 billion) education plan during his State of the Nation Address last February.

“The President waited for the Commission to conclude its business,” the presidency said in a statement. “At no stage did he plan to make any announcements that would undermine the work of the Commission?