Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has told hundreds of students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) that former President Nelson Mandela erred when he announced free housing for all at the dawn of democracy.

He says Madiba should have made free education a priority. Malema is in KwaZulu-Natal on an election campaign trail this week.

The DUT has been making headlines after a student, aligned to the EFF Student Command, which governs the university, was shot and killed during violent students’ protests earlier in 2019.

Malema has urged students to honour the late Mlungisi Madonsela by voting in the coming elections.

“In the name of Madonsela, we are going to double our efforts to fight until we realise the real free education, not the half-free education. Free education means that we must not pay for anything. We can’t pay for registration when we are told that education is free. It means you are rich before registration and poor after registration.”