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ANC wants a tax on graduates

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa Political Reporter | Feb 07, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 238 ]

TERTIARY graduates be warned! You may soon be slapped with a "graduate tax" the minute you find a job.

A resolution on such a tax was taken at the ANC's conference in Mangaung, Free State, in December.

Delegates participating in the education and health commission resolved that consideration "must be given to a graduate tax for all graduates from higher education institutions".

Details on the mooted tax - as presented in the ANC's comprehensive list of conference resolutions - are very scant, with no explanation given about time lines for implementation or the likely percentage to be levied on new job market entrants.

As yet, the said tax is only a consideration but delegates would expect that it will be made a reality since it was adopted as an official conferenceresolution.

The secretary-general of the South African Students Congress Themba Masondo, who participated in the education commission, confirmed the agreement to introduce the tax but said Sasco opposed it.

"As an organisation, we raised a number of issues with this tax. They are not so clear about how it will work," said Masondo.

"It simply implies that those who graduate and find work will have to pay this tax but that means those who don't find work will not.

"It's not fair and that is why we are opposed to it."

Masondo dismissed the "targeted tax" in favour of a general levy that would see high-income earners paying more.

And there will certainly be a lot of protestations from those who will feel they should not be taxed, Masondo predicted.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe referred Sowetan to the party's education sub-committee chair Naledi Pandor - who is the also minister of home affairs - when approached to explain how the proposed tax would work.

Pandor had not responded to questions by the time of going to print yesterday.

According to ANC resolutions, the graduate tax looks to be a means to bolster the coffers of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which is expected to play a bigger role in the state's plans to introduce free education to all undergraduate students.

Free education would likely be introduced next year, according to the set of resolutions.

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tax them mgavava ba nale tshelete batho ba kikikikikiki

Feb 07, 2013 10:51 | 0 replies

This is what you are voting for anc supporters

a nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves !!!!!!!!

Feb 07, 2013 10:25 | 0 replies

@ Shredder

Don't hate me because I'm attractive. - Hate me because your girlfriend thinks so.

Feb 07, 2013 10:25 | 0 replies

Another one of zuma's fights against clever people,

the anc


Destroyed Education
Destroyed the railway network
Destroyed the electricity infrastructure
Increased murders, rapes and theft
Increased AIDS, not reduced. Current % for SA is 18% and 310k people die each year from AIDS
Increased poverty
Increased unemployment
Raped the coffers for their self greed
Increased and re-fueled racism
Endorsed Xenophobia
75% of ALL municipalities are either bankrupt or near bankrupt
All but destroyed all main and secondary roads. The only thing working are the National roads
The biggest and most corrupt Police and Metro Police force ever seen
85% of our Goverment have criminal records
baas shower-head has over 700 charges against him
Halved the number of farmers through murder or illegal land grabs
We are now importing maize, the first time ever
Trying their best to screw up mining

Should i go on

Feb 07, 2013 10:24 | 0 replies

@ Dzel

If I could be 1 person for a day, I sure as hell wouldn't be you. - What a jerk!!

Feb 07, 2013 10:23 | 0 replies

Chicken: Look. Please change your name. Chicken manure is useful on the garden. You insult the stuff.

Feb 07, 2013 10:22 | 0 replies

@ The_Only_1

There you go again. - How about a little less f@rts and a little more shut the f*ck up? - You're beginning to expose your gen!tals in public d!ckhead!!

Feb 07, 2013 10:21 | 0 replies

Tax payers have already paid for these facilities and the teachers... its taxpayers vs ANC

Feb 07, 2013 10:20 | 0 replies

Chicken-Sh!t - LOL. O ntlwaela blaende san you Chicken-Sh!t

Feb 07, 2013 10:20 | 0 replies

A sure sign that the ANC cadres have a problem with educated people..... Zoom zoom made a comment about the people must not get too cle

Feb 07, 2013 10:18 | 0 replies

@ RobinX

I'm not mean. - You're just a sissy!!

Feb 07, 2013 10:18 | 0 replies