Hon member, you said your point of order and I'm going to take it, but now you say something else, that's wrong.
Hon Minister, as you continue let us be reminded that the word 'shut up' has been ruled unparliamentary; can you withdraw that as you continue.
IsiZulu: 15:06:53 UNGQONGQOSHE WEZEMFUNDO EPHAKEME, EZESAYENSI NEZOBUCHWEPHESHE: Ngiyaxolisa Sihlalo weNdlu.
USIHLALO WENDLU (Nk M G Boroto): Siyabonga. Qhubeka baba.
English: The MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Hon Boshoff, I think that ... you know very well, the skills shortages that you're talking about it's a direct result of apartheid; that crime against humanity. Redress based on affirmative action, amongst other things, is a necessary condition to actually address the skills shortages that were created by shutting out the majority of South Africans in having these necessary skills that we need, amongst others in science and technology. [Applause.]
In fact, if there is one of the most serious crimes of apartheid was the denial of access to education and skills by the majority of the people. In fact, we should, and yourself, be learning from the history of the Afrikaners; with the policy of addressing the poor whites was actually aimed at uplifting poor Afrikaners in the past and there is nothing new that we are doing, except we are doing it for the majority rather than for the minority as it was done under apartheid. [Applause.]
I want also to say that this is an important platform for us to continue to make sure that science, technology and innovation are harnessed and are accessible to the majority of the South Africans. Siyabonga [Thank you].
Bill read a second time.
THIRD ORDER /KG\ VW// (Zul) 27/02/2020 @ 09:33 / ND/Xho / TAKE ENDS AT 15:08