Higher Education and Training minister Blade Nzimande has blamed former president Thabo Mbeki's Growth‚ Employment and Redistribution economic policy for the current higher education funding crisis. “I am not lamenting or blaming the rest of government. Except one thing that I need to say‚ the part of the reason why we are here is because our own government in the 1990s followed a problematic economic policy called GEAR. This is part of the price we are paying because one of the things that GEAR did was not to fund higher education adequately‚” he said.

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