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Mantashe tackles question of 'free' education

Mantashe says many South Africans demand “free things” but says it doesn't always work like that.

Gwede Mantashe of the ANC's NEC addresses the media at Luthuli House on Fees Must Fall. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the biggest demand in South Africa is getting something for free which, is a dangerous route to take.

Mantashe is speaking the Black Management Forum's annual conference in Midrand today.

He addressed the issue of the university fees protests across the country.

He says many South Africans demand "free things" but he says it doesn't always work like that.

Mantashe says many students have referred to the Freedom Charter when it comes to tertiary education.

"It says university education and technical training will be accessible and be given based on merits. That's not free education."

Mantashe says the ANC is now focusing on early childhood development and that free education is something they will strive towards for the future.