Equal Education protests outside Parliament as Mboweni delivers budget speech

Equal Education held demonstrations forward of Tito Mboweni’s budget speech.

  • According to Equal Education, virtually 2 000 college infrastructure tasks have been stopped or delayed within the 2020/2021 monetary year.
  • EE members, joined by dad and mom and pupils, protested outside Parliament forward of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni‘s Budget speech. 
  • EE is protesting towards additional budget cuts that might affect faculties within the nation.

Lobby group Equal Education’s (EE) demonstration outside Parliament over budget cuts on Wednesday was stopped by the police.

EE members, joined by dad and mom and pupils, protested forward of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget speech.

The group was escorted from Parliament by the police.

EE Western Cape head Nintsikelelo Dlulani mentioned: “We came to Parliament to say no to budget cuts but unfortunately we could not do our demonstration because the police started pushing us away.

“There are dad and mom and learners right here who’re right here to boost their voices. We are pushed by police to go to the Grand Parade as a result of they are saying we aren’t allowed to be at Parliament.”

Dlulani said EE would be intensifying its message to say no to further budget cuts.

“We know there are faculties constructed out of mud, there are learners who’re utilizing pit latrines and there are learners who’re unsafe in school. We can’t be making the training division a doughnut, younger individuals have the suitable to protest,” she added.

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According to EE, almost 2 000 school infrastructure projects have been stopped or delayed in the 2020/2021 financial year. This includes new projects, maintenance and repairs as well as upgrades. 

Mboweni did not mention any provision for basic education. However, he did reaffirm the government’s commitment to support higher education.

“Government stays dedicated to making sure that deserving college students are supported by means of greater training. The National Treasury is working with the Department of Higher Education and Training to work on coverage and funding choices that shall be detailed within the mid-term budget speech,” he mentioned.

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