In many respects, President Jacob Zuma's free higher education proposal in South Africa is the worst kind of populism.
The South African oddity is that those who in other societies would be arguing against free passes for the affluent, argue for them.
The imposition of the fee free higher education proposal on South Africa's National Treasury without due consideration represents an escalation of the state capture led by President Jacob Zuma.
South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba failed to impress when presenting the eagerly awaited 2017 medium term budget.
South African universities are under enormous financial pressure. They also face a fresh round of student protests ahead of a decision on next year's fees. Hard choices need to be made.