Former President Jacob Zuma says education up to tertiary level must not only be free, but compulsory. He was speaking at a gala dinner organised by the National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa in Durban.

The gala dinner was held to honour Zuma following his terms in office.

In December last year during the African National Congress (ANC) National Elective Conference in Johannesburg, Zuma announced that government would introduce free higher education for students from poor backgrounds.

He says all South Africans should be given free education.

“No matter what people say we had to take this decision to ensure that majority people who were deprived of education do get education now. This decision of free education taken by government will ensure that black people are developed and skilled. Education should become a right. Free education should not be the end as the Freedom Charter says education must be free and compulsory.”