Zuma likely to touch on #FeesMustFall during Sona

Higher education funding is expected to feature in President Jacob Zuma’s speech.

South African President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma will likely have a message for the #FeesMustFall movement when he delivers his speech this evening.

Higher education funding, an issue that dominated the national agenda late last year, is expected to feature in the president's speech.

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Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana, says the president is likely to focus on some of the short term interventions the government has put in place in response to student protests last year.

"I think it's going to feature because students have registered a point and as government, because we are a listening government and a caring government, we have listened to the students."

Manana says R6 billion has been set aside for the 2016 academic year.

"We also injected an additional R6 billion so we had to do some reprioritisation as government so that we can channel as much money as possible."

During the #FeesMustFall protests last year, students marched on to Parliament several times demanding the attention of politicians and policy makers.