Cosatu weighs in on fees protests
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has weighed in on the fees protests that have rocked the country. He has called on students not allow anyone to hijack their genuine call for free education at tertiary level. Dlamini says it’s concerning that facilities at various institutions of higher learning have been torched and vandalized in the name of the #feesmustfall campaign.
Cosatu and SACP top brass are holding bilateral meetings on the matter in Braamfontein. COSATU’s deputy President Zingiswa Losi says no one must politicise the issue of free tertiary education. He says the country must have a debate around ways to meet students demand.
Earlier this week, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that institutions will determine their own fee increments. But this must not exceed 8 percent.
Yesterday things turned ugly at Wits when students clashed with security personnel after marching to the Medical and Education schools.30 students arrested in the protest have been released. In Pretoria, the Tshwane University of Technology had to close its Acardia campus after protest broke out. The Kwazulu Natal university has also seen protest action, while the Fort Hare university announced a zero percent fee increase for 2017.
Police are keeping an eye on these institutions.
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