Makhura advises political parties to stay out of student politics

Makhura says he is ‘deeply concerned’ about the increased racial tensions at institutions of higher learning.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has urged political parties to stay out of student politics.

Makhura was speaking at the provincial legislature earlier today following the opposition's debate over the State of the Province Address.

He says he will look into the opposition's concerns about paying more attention to issues such as the drought, the backlog in housing and education.

The premier says he is deeply concerned about the increased racial tensions at institutions of higher learning.

He says what is even more disturbing is the interference by political parties.

Makhura says as a former student activist in the apartheid era, he understands the issues at play but condemns the burning of buildings and damage to property.

MAKHURA DEEMS E-TOLLS AS 'MILKING OLD COW'

Earlier, the premier said opposition parties were 'milking an old cow' by constantly bringing up e-tolls.

He said while he welcomed all constructive criticism, he felt most of the debate was reduced to insults.

The premier welcomed some of the criticism made by opposition parties and said he would look into matters of concern.

"We have accepted the criticism from the opposition on where they think we can do more on drought and education."

He said he wasn't surprised when the opposition brought up e-tolls again.

"They are over milking this cow because they couldn't deal with all the other issues we were dealing with."

Makhura added his government has done its best to address the matter.