Former President Jacob Zuma says no child should be deprived of education.

He says: “The Freedom Charter says says education must be free but it doesn’t say that only, it says education must be free and compulsory. I am making this point because if we have arrived at the point where we all agree that education must be free, no child in South Africa must be deprived of education because he or she comes from a poor family.”

“This is a big victory we have won in many victories that we have won and there are many that we still have to win,” says Zuma.

Zuma says he believes now that education is free, it must also be compulsory.

He was delivering a lecture on free education at the Mangosuthu University of Technology at Umlazi, south of Durban.

Last year, Zuma announced that government would subsidise free higher education for the poor.

An additional R105 million has been allocated to fund free education.