The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday proposed twenty-six amendments to the adjusted budget to make available R904 million to fund the higher education shortfall for 2016.
The shortfall comes as a result of a zero-percent student fees increase, in the 2015/16 financial year, announced by president Jacob Zuma.
It follows mass protest by students from across the country under a campaign: #FeesMustFall.
However, the DA reported that the ANC voted down all 26 of its proposed amendments.
The proposals included adjusting a bill that sees R540,000 spent on bulls for reproduction purposes, with R26 million spent on office furniture and security equipment. The new proposals also aimed to curb R69.7 million spent on protection and security services for ministers, and the refurbishment of ministerial offices.
“ANC have said no to funding poor students, and yes to cars, VIP protection, bulls and office furniture,” the political party said.
The Standing Committee on Appropriations met at 08h30 to consider the Adjustments Appropriation Bill in ahead of Thursday’s debate on the adjusted budget in the National Assembly.
“The shortfall in student fees can be funded by cutting wasteful expenditure and reprioritizing expenditure within the existing budget,” the DA said.
It proposed twenty-six amendments to the adjusted budget which are aimed at shifting:
- R720 million from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, earmarked for foreign missions, to the Department of Higher Education and Training;
- And a further R184 million, in wasteful expenditure, from various departments to the Department of Higher Education and Training.