Media Statements

MEDIA STATEMENT: BANKING ON FEES COMMISSION WILL LEAVE VULNERABLE STUDENTS TRAPPED IN DEBT

The crucial work of assessing the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (Fees Commission) has begun in earnest. While Equal Education is pleased with the direction provided by the Commission in certain areas, we are troubled by some of the recommendations. Our contention in our submission to the Fees Commission

MEDIA STATEMENT: EE REJECTS ZUMA’S FREE HIGHER EDUCATION “PLAN”

13 NOVEMBER 2017 EQUAL EDUCATION MEDIA STATEMENT: EQUAL EDUCATION REJECTS ZUMA’S FREE HIGHER EDUCATION “PLAN” Equal Education (EE) stands in support of the staggered introduction of free higher education; with poor students being prioritised, as per our submission to the Fees Commission in 2016. However, President Jacob Zuma’s reported plan to introduce free higher education for

Media Statement: EE to make submissions as amicus in Komape trial #Justice4Michael

13 November 2017 Equal Education media statement: #Justice4Michael. Equal Education to make submissions as amicus curiae in Komape trial. This week the Polokwane High Court in Limpopo begins hearing evidence in the trial of  the Komape family against the State, Komape v Minister of Basic Education and Others. On 20 January 2014, 5-year-old Michael Komape

MEDIA STATEMENT: VICTORY FOR EE IN SCHOLAR TRANSPORT COURT CASE!

7 NOVEMBER 2017 EQUAL EDUCATION MEDIA STATEMENT: VICTORY FOR EE IN SCHOLAR TRANSPORT COURT CASE Today, Tuesday 7 November, Equal Education (EE), represented by the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), enjoyed a momentous victory in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, in securing scholar transport for learners in 12 schools in Nquthu in Northern KZN. The KZN

POST #MTBPS2017 MEDIA STATEMENT: BUDGETING TO SERVICE CORRUPTION AND NOT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE POOR – THE TREASURY OF MALUSI GIGABA

The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, delivered his much anticipated maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) speech yesterday.  Equal Education (EE) remains deeply concerned about the crisis that is unfolding with regards to the nation’s finances[1]: the ever-increasing debt-to-GDP ratio, the SARS revenue collection shortfall, and the national and provincial departments’ inability to action much-needed

PRE #MTBPS2017 MEDIA STATEMENT: FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FUTURE, MALUSI GIGABA MUST COME CLEAN.

On Wednesday 25 October, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will present the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to the nation. It will be the first major policy statement to South Africans since Gigaba’s shock appointment following an after-hours Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. The backdrop to the Minister’s maiden MTBPS is that serious questions

MEDIA STATEMENT: EVICTION OF 80-YEAR-OLD FARM SCHOOL LABELLED AS NOT BEING AN INJUSTICE

The Grootkraal Primary school matter was back in Court today, as the community sought permission to appeal a judgment handed down by Judge Elizabeth Baartman in August 2017. The Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Schafer and the Kobut Besigheid Trust also reported on their unsuccessful attempts at negotiating a lease agreement that would ensure the

MEMORANDUM DELIVERED TO SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPLEMENTING AGENT COEGA

TO BE DELIVERED TO COEGA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION DOE PROGRAMME MANAGER THEMBEKA POSWA AND REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CEO WE DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY OF IMPLEMENTING AGENTS AND OVERSIGHT OF CONTRACTORS! #ForgottenSchools   #FixOurSchools   Why We Are Here Today We are Equalisers, supporters, and members of Equal Education, a national movement of learners, parents, teachers, and community members campaigning

MEDIA STATEMENT: EE PICKETS AT COEGA TO FIX APPALLING SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE

This morning, the Head of Security at Coega Development Corporation (Coega) attempted to intimidate Equal Education (EE), ahead of our pickets at 3pm today outside its Port Elizabeth and East London offices. The Coega Head of Security has told the Deputy Head of EE Eastern Cape that he is preparing security guards for our arrival.