OVERVIEW: 16 quotes that made MPs roar, laugh and sigh during the #SonaDebate

12 Feb 19:53

1. The DA remains the epitome of white male privilege - ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu

2. EFF bullies have no place in our democracy - Mthembu

3. Watch your back, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen cautions President Cyril Ramaphosa

4. Where is Ramaphosa's 'Thuma Mina' for struggling students, asks the DA's Yusuf Cassim

5. DA challenges Ramaphosa to crack the whip on ministers Nomvula Mokonyane and Gwede Mantashe; and MP Vincent Smith

6. EFF leader Julius Malema threatens to shut down Independent Power Producers if Eskom is privatised

7. "It’s my maiden speech, nobody must heckle," Mantashe tells Parliament

8. 'Bosasa!' opposition MPs shout as Mantashe goes to the podium

9. "You will remain the President who had no backbone..." - DA MP Phumzile van Damme to Ramaphosa

10. "She [Naledi Pandor] only acts clever. I am not going to be like the Honorable Willie Madisha and say 'hong hong hong'" - Cassim

11. "As a Muslim, I object to the pig sounds made to me," responds Pandor

12. "Medupi and Kusile were badly designed and badly constructed" - Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

13. "President, do not send these criminals to Parliament, send them to jail," - the DA's Natasha Mazzone on state capture

14. "I am ashamed, as a black South African, that our government has failed to do what even an oppressive colonial government did. Not a single traditional council or house of traditional leaders is allocated a budget" - IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi

15. "For whatever is left of my life, that broken promise will be the knife in my heart" - Buthelezi on a signed 1994 Memorandum of Agreement with Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk

16. "If now you promise the sun, moon and stars, and again fail to deliver, South Africa will go up in flames" - Buthelezi about the ANC's broken promises

ICYMI: You can watch how the debate unfolded here:

12 Feb 19:29

Improvements are evident at the TVET colleges. Placing NSFAS under administration was a positive move. Prior to the Dec 2017 announcement of free education for the poor and working class students, funding of the system had not kept up with enrollments.

University fees had become increasingly unaffordable and still are, hence the need for a regulatory framework. We had insufficient funding to support young people in higher education hence the situation we confront today of just over a billion rands in debt.

At universities, the current average full cost of studying is about R90 000 a year. We provide R50 000 for registration and tuition fees and R40 000 for allowances that are books, meals, accommodation and transport.

At colleges, the current full cost of studying is about R50 000 a year. R10 000 for registration and tuition fees and R40 000 for allowances. This year, government is providing R30.8bn in grants to support over 750 000 young people in post-secondary education.

es, there are gaps and challenges. We need more university and college places, we need partnerships from the private sector, we need more young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

For now, we ask students from families in higher income brackets to support our cause by funding higher education for their children when they have the means to do so. We ask businesses, philanthropists and foundations to assist us in this endeavor.

12 Feb 19:23 I have directed NSFAS administrator to prioritise all outstanding appeals and assessments and this is happening as we speak.
12 Feb 19:22

It is imperative that we do not allow any person to hijack legitimate protest for political mischief.

I am pleased that students and management are talking to and resolving issues and working together to address the obstacles confronted by students.

12 Feb 19:22 Students in our colleges and universities have a deep appreciation of the empowerment education can lead to, hence it is this that has led to their vigorous struggle for access to quality education and training.
12 Feb 19:22 Offering young people the opportunity to acquire post-secondary education and training is one of the most fundamental steps on the path to eradicating poverty and inequality.
12 Feb 19:16 I urge all higher education institutions to make every available effort to find solutions to every ongoing concerns. We're working hard to do all that we can to assist.
12 Feb 19:15 Mr President, I would like to begin by expressing my sincerest condolences to the family of the young Mlungisi Madonsela. His fatal shooting at DUT is tragic loss to the family and the university.
12 Feb 19:04 Your policies have made close to 10 Million citizens unemployed and many have lost hope of ever finding a job. It is because of the uninspiring policies that have failed to stimulate our economy that most South Africans are finding it tough to survive.
12 Feb 18:57

Nkosazana Dlamini says the ANC is an honest organisation. But the reality is that the whole ANC cabal is corrupt to the core.

It's time for you Mr President to tackle of crime ferociously. Your ministers are accepting bribes and no action is taken.

12 Feb 18:48

We must continue to strive for a healthy and safe workplace. Hence renewed focus on the goal of zero harm at work; reaffirmed at the Mine Health and Safety Summit in 2018.

A healthy and safe workplace is good for workers, investors and the economy.

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