Zuma announces free higher education for over 90% of students

| Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 3:00pm



South Africa's Finance Minister says government will go ahead with plans to provide free higher education for 90 percent of new students.

President Jacob Zuma announced the plan at the ruling African National Congress's (ANC) conference in December last year. Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba told journalists that the decision has been made and his department is now working on how funding will be provided.

South Africans he added will however have to wait for details during the budget in February. Mr. Zuma announced free higher education would be given to students from homes which have a combined annual income of up to 28 thousand.

The new policy goes against a Commission finding that such plans were unaffordable. There have been fears that Universities and Colleges might not be able to cope with the expected increase in applicants.