JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President Julius Malema called for free education for the poor and rich in South Africa as he delivered the keynote address at the party’s fourth national student convention in Boksburg on Saturday.
The student assembly met for the first time in three years since the COVID-19 pandemic – which put an end to large gatherings.
The firebrand Malema said the risk of providing free education only to the poor is that the wealthy would have access to education privately, thus widening the gap between public and private education.
“We must say free education for all, compulsory for all and no private education, so that the rich and the poor learn from the same education and learn the same thing.”
“Affirmation of a divided society – public education and private education. Public means black, private means white,” Malema added.
Malema said students should not limit their activism to campus but should also make a difference in their communities and in society.