JOHANNESBURG - The man many believe to be the mastermind behind government's free higher education plan says the claims are “fake news.”
Morris Masutha dismissed the reports as not true while speaking to eNCA's Joanne Joseph on Wednesday.
President Jacob Zuma promised free higher education for poor and working-class students in late December.
Students, parents, politicians and the markets all want to know how government's free higher education plan will work and where the money will come from.
Masutha, a director at the Centre for Emerging Researchers, says by making the announcement, Zuma put an end to a multi-billion rand scam - referring to banks providing students with loans.
He maintained free higher education, as seen in many developed countries, funded itself in the long run.
Masutha, using unemployment statistics for graduates, said free education would ensure the youth became more employable and less reliant on government grants.
According to reports, Masutha is in a relationship with one of Zuma’s daughters, which the president had with ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.