Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema has pledged that unemployed graduates from different higher institutions will be entitled to graduation stipend, SurgeZirc SA reports.
Malema made this pledge yesterday while addressing students in Bellville Cape Town stating that the party is geared towards upholding its pledge if given the mandate at the forthcoming elections.
He said unemployed graduates who have adequate skills and qualifications should not be loitering around the streets without something to hold on to and start their lives.
Malema was received by the EFF student representatives from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape, and the University of Cape Town, SurgeZirc SA gathered.
While speaking at the rally, Malema reiterated the issue of hiked tuition fees, inadequate accommodations for students, students debt, and a host of other pressing issues.
He, however, explained how the party intends to make the stipend package a reality, he was quoted saying: “There must be an allowance and it must be a proper allowance of a person who has graduated so that many generations are not discouraged from going to school. They know if I don’t go to school and I don’t get employment, the government will give me a graduation allowance whilst they are still looking to create a post for me.
“We must have a list of everyone who graduated and names to follow them so that we know they graduated to what. But this government has got no capacity to do so,” Malema said.