A South African minister held that the country’s budget for higher education had “multiplied 6 times” under President Jacob Zuma. But treasury figures do not back this up.
In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country’s extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people “lazy” and “dependent”? And is South Africa heading for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research.
At the opening of South Africa’s parliament, a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters party claimed that two ceremonial guards stationed at the doors “don’t belong” in the house and that no one with a criminal record may hold public office in the country. We scrutinised Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s claims.
#FeesMustFall protests have South Africa’s 26 public universities in turmoil. This factsheet rounds up the numbers driving these protests: available places, government’s subsidies and how much money the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides.