Zuma announces commission of enquiry into higher education funding

By Drum Digital
14 January 2016

President Jacob Zuma has appointed a commission of enquiry into higher education funding and other issues.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

President Jacob Zuma has appointed a commission of enquiry into higher education funding and other issues. 

This follows a meeting that he had with the vice-chancellors, chairpersons of university councils, presidents of student representative councils and the representatives of student organisations to discuss concerns about fee increases and funding of higher education in October last year. After the meeting, Zuma announced that Government would lead a process that will look at broader issues that affects the higher education funding.

The commission will be chaired by Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Judge Heher was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 1993 and as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2003; he retired from the bench in 2013. He will be assisted by Advocate Gregory Ally who was admitted to the bar in 1990 and Leah Thabisile Khumalo who is a practicing attorney, Founder and Director of Mngoma–Mlaba Khuloa Inc.

The commission will make findings, report on and make recommendations on the feasibility of making higher education and training fee-free in South Africa, among other issues. And it is expected to complete its work within eight months, and submit its final report to the President within two months of the date that it completes its work.

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