1000s of students protest in Pretoria

2011-03-18 15:58

Pretoria - Thousands of students belonging to the SA Students Congress (Sasco) were gathering outside the Pretoria City Hall on Friday before marching on the higher education department's offices.

Sasco secretary general Lazola Ndamase said the students were demanding that all tertiary education be free of charge.

The student body was also demanding that all the mergers of universities that have taken place since 1994 be reversed.

"On top of that list is Medunsa and the University of Limpopo," he said.

Tshwane metro spokesperson Alta Fourie said about 2 000 students had gathered in the square in front of the City Hall.

They were expected to march down Bosman Street to the higher education offices in Schoeman Street.

No incidents had been reported since students assembled, she said.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-18 16:09

    Oh Lovely. SOmething for nothing again. This country will follow Zimbabwe down the Gurgler. The culture of demanding and the weak incompetent ANC Government will bankrupt South Africa.

  • Freelance Writer - 2011-03-18 16:12

    No doubt they will continue to bang on this free tertiary education drum until they finally (if ever) enter the job market and start paying income tax at which point they will change their tune and demand that people pay for their own education as a 70% tax rate is unjust and (probably) the fault of the apartheid regime.

  • 5cents - 2011-03-18 16:12

    Spoiled brats... FREE FREE FREE FREE GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE I FAILED SO PASS ME I FAILED SO PASS ME Tertiary education is a privilege to work for. Bursaries are there for those who work hard enough to get and keep it. Then after we demanded a free easy degree. We will demand jobs. Then we will demand higher increases then inflation. DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND. Work for a change you spoiled brats *feels better after that vent*

  • Krush - 2011-03-18 16:13

    if everything is for a country where only 5 million people pay tax...WTF must the money come from to pay for everything? you BRAINLESS IDIOTS - not even education will help these lot! I'm gonna pop a vein...can people truly be THAT stupid?! Everything you guys got for free you managed to destroy because you don't work for it. Pay for might actually appreciate it then!!

      Hux - 2011-03-18 17:12

      Yes.. they are that stupid.

  • twolips - 2011-03-18 16:14

    Who in their right minds can expect tertiary education to be free? I don't think it happens anywhere in the world. I do, however, agree that the mergers should be reversed. Colleges and technikons were the correct places for many students. Not everyone is cut out for Varsity.

      veda2701 - 2011-03-18 16:52

      It does happen in a lot of European countries.....where almost the whole population pay tax. That's the difference.

  • DeonL - 2011-03-18 16:17

    Blade N started this nonsense of Free education. It could be free if we were as rich as some Arabian countries but we are not! Next year every man will be asking for free Viagra!

  • Pieter - 2011-03-18 16:29

    Dear Santa, I would please like free tertiary education, a free house, a job, free hospitals, a steak on the braai every night, a fridge full of beers, no crime, no corruption, a government that listens to its people, rugby referees that don't make me angry, a cricket team that can win the world cup (ok, maybe that can happen), pudding after every meal, a cure for HIV, a literate population, a realistic alternative to nuclear energy and world peace! Thank you!

      Brewster - 2011-03-18 16:45

      Sorry Pieter, can't help you on the corruption or the government thing. Regards Santa

      kleinkoppi - 2011-03-18 17:57

      I don't hope Santa will find a cure for HIV...

  • Joakim - 2011-03-18 16:31

    Actually, Tertiary Education is free in many countries in Europe, including Denmark and Sweden, to name 2. Of course, the tax rate for working people is also higher than in SA to offset that.

      5cents - 2011-03-18 16:48

      No the tax rate isnt higher...the amount of people working and contributing to the tax pool is higher. You cant expect a 3rd world world country like SA to overnight to provide benefits like that when 10mil supports almost 40mil people. It will take time and only way we going to get there is by hard work, time and less of a one party state

  • willieman - 2011-03-18 16:36

    Free education in tertiary,you must be joking.What happens if you fail first year.Must we the tax payers pay for your laziness.No way .What you demanding it is not sustainable it is not economically sound for a long time.But i have a solution for you guys.Clean the streets over the weekend and the goverment must pay you and majority of tax payers will gladily contribute to your studies.Most of you when you qualifying you do not even work in rural areas.Clean the streets i will support you

  • TheDuck - 2011-03-18 16:38

    The government already subsidises 60% of Tertiary education fees

  • Ross - 2011-03-18 16:44

    Is examination time on hand?

      louise.orffersteytler - 2011-03-19 14:56

      Yep !!!!!

      Mj - 2011-03-20 16:38

      examination blues

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-18 17:00

    Lets at least hope these productive youth have pushed out a minimum of 10 child grants EACH today, to keep the voter numbers up. The YL has apparently launched a competition for them as well, dealing with concepts of what a paradise Africa would have been if no other culture or white men had ever been on the continent. Proposed titles for the short story book:- "Africa - our Dark Paradise Untouched by Human Hands, packed by Monkeys." Can only be short stories because without the white men, and their technology, there isn't enough to write and fill up a single line. what is tongue in both cheeks and 2 feet too?

  • Mundu - 2011-03-18 17:03

    If it's for free, then who will pay for it?

      braveinternetguy - 2011-03-18 17:11

      The white colonialist settlers, of course! I mean, after all, they did steal and rename all of the indigenous universities when they landed here...

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-18 17:14

    Wow, this is special. I demand free security, free medical care and free education too, but alas, I work, and therefore must use private institutions for the above as the public insititutions are completely useless. But I DEMAND, I want, GIVE ME, eish!

  • Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-18 17:18

    If you can afford to give people houses for free, why not free tertiary education?

  • Tiwonge - 2011-03-18 17:23

    What do you expect when they were entered for university by only "passing" 35% of their matric exam questions?

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-03-18 17:29

    The lesson that these chops and the rest of the cadres need to learn is, in life you usually get what you pay for. They may steal from the productive sector of society for a while but in the long run they will wind up with nothing because they haven't earned anything. Life is hard but generally fair.

  • Clinton - 2011-03-18 17:32

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Do they realise how stupid they look to the rest of us who had to study hard and pay a fortune to get tertiary education? They're prepared to pay for illegal driver's licenses and what not, but education must be free?? Sounds about right for our beloved country, not so?

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-18 17:36

    Typical of the blacks in this country they want everything for free even their degrees. I suppose they see the ANC officials taking everything for free so why not them!!!!

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-18 17:37

    Tertiary education is not a right - you have to work for it. I paid my own way and so can you, bunch of ignorant delinquents!

  • Wollie - 2011-03-18 17:55

    To the our learner friend Lazola Ndamase. Please explain your funding model. How many students will be allow access to an univeristy / faculty? What will the students contribution be to all of this? Do the universities have the capacity in terms of resources to address this all free opertunity?

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-18 18:17

    To Kadar Asmal & Education under the Racist Essop regime:- Kadar Asmal, YOU and many thousands of especially this NEW breed of ANC cadre get rich quick team zanu-pf style HAVE NOT ENGENDERED CAREFUL TUTORING of DEMOCRATIC VALUES, INTENTIONS, PROCESSES, CHECKS & BALANCES and all the rest of the vitally important things that we all aspired towards and fought for with the HIGH LEVELS of understanding and conceptualisation that we had from that dastardly previous heinous regime. What you have got, are a lot (REAL LOT) of youngsters that are happily getting everything for nothing, cavorting as if there is no tomorrow, AND UNABLE TO FIND A WAY TO ATTAIN THAT ELUSIVE VALUE ADDED SOUL TO THEIR LIVES. The Racist Bubble, that you and the earlier ANC crew created with moratoriums and segregation of whites away from anyone and evrything IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR OWN DEMISE, as the ANC of today collapses into an empty shell of sheer desperation and outright THEFT and Graft and Corruption TAINTED HEAVILY by the one thing the uneducated of those previous times understood so well, and that was Big BABA on the hillside will fill my pockets somehow by hookery & crookery no matter what comes our way if I sleep with him or at least give him and extra social grant of some sort, preferably a child grant. Kadar Asmal, an academic as successful as the spineless Mbeki poet. TRUTHFULLY, how many people of every race are horrified with zuma and all the RACIST ANC that has clustered around him like leeching barnacles on a sinking ship, Prefer to WASTE A VOTE or simply not vote at all rather than apply the strengths democratically of WARNING the party not delivering - by indicating that they are NOT there forever and do not have the right to waste our nations precious resources OF WHICH THE MOST IMPORTANT ARE IT'S PEOPLE? TELL THEM TO GO AND VISIT AND ENGAGE WITH OPPOSITION PARTIES AND DECIDE AS INDIVIDUALS, instead of being ANC Zombies filled with YL rhetoric and racist hatred eraching us from afar in zanu-pf land. AND whisper in Zuma's ear - that one of the principle defining characteristics evidencing th diffence between humans and animals, is that Humans became such when they developed into MONOGOMOUS PARTNERS NURTURING & CARING for their young, and left aside the PRIMITIVE UNCONTROLLED URGE to fill th landscape with withered seed en masse for ALL TH REST TO LOOK AFTER. Like a FROG.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-18 18:26

    Dumb assholes. Don't they know that NOTHING in life is FREE! Somebody has to pay for it. Why should the taxpayer pay for their tertiary education when they've already paid for their school education while most taxpayers have to pay for their own children's education. This "you owe me" attitude is going to land this country in big trouble!

      Aaliyah - 2011-03-18 20:02


      Realist - 2011-03-19 12:10

      Oh dear Aaliyah, you are a dumb asshole of note! The reason why other 1ST WORLD countries can subsidize their tertiary institutions is because the majority of their population work, to pay tax, the government then uses that tax money to subsizise their education, build infrastructure etc. In this THIRD world country, 5% of the popuation are tax payers who have to pay tax in order to look after the 95% DEPENDENT on grants, who are unemployed and unemployable. So looks like even if you do get a free education, it is money wasted because you cannot understand how things in the real world work. PS By the way, I was not given a free education either, had to work for that, and now I still must pay private school fees for my own kids while subsidizing the other baby making uncouth disrespectful barbaric youth in the public schools, you know the ones that are taught that they must hit their teachers back, the likes of this amoebahead COSAS leader!

      Realist - 2011-03-19 12:14

      Aaliyah, by the way, tertiary education is subsidized in SA, and if you feel you deserve it, why dont you apply for a bursary? I know many companies that give priority to black students, except you have to produce the results, be focused and actually study or you will lose the funding. Why dont you? Look in the mirror and answer that question!!

  • dillinger4 - 2011-03-18 18:32

    Give thanks to Mandela and his successors and cohorts for drilling the "everything's free" mentality into the mindless masses. Free house, free water, free electricity, free f*ing everything. As I once heard a wise man say "get off your lazy buttocks and work for what you want."

  • TDJ - 2011-03-18 18:38

    Well, they will then get what they pay for ... no complaints if we make it free, okes !

  • karenc - 2011-03-18 18:45

    These students need to realise that they are not living in lalala land - this is the real world - you do not get anything for free - you have to work and pay for everything - but what can you expect from a 2010 matric year - most passed with less than 20% - their marks were adjusted to make them pass - I would hate to need to go to a doctor who only knows 30% - imagine !! They are all a damn joke !!

  • Aaliyah - 2011-03-18 19:41

    its time government stop treating students like clients ,we in a motion to liberate our people!! the confusion is demand for free education ,the reason for the protest was for the government to continue subsidising universities for fees not to increase like speed of a car like at wits university and the second reason was for the department to provide funding for all academically deserving and admitted students rather than limiting funds to each university. an educated society is crime free.stop treating students like bretton woods instituions cleints

      Realist - 2011-03-19 12:21

      You talk like you write! You can tell a graduate from the class of 2008 and upwards hey!! "we in motion to liberate our people", please can you explain that, liberate your people from what? You are the kind of mentality that is scary! Does your bosses (European Union?) know you spend time talking this shit? Watch out, you have not been a part of the working force of this country for a long time, now you enter the job market and feel you have a right to condemn and cricise the taxpayer that has funded your education all this while! Go throw yourself off a cliff, these people are fighting for FREE education idiot! We can read!

  • Eric West - 2011-03-18 20:51

    Do these stupid idiots know who will have to pay for their "free" education? The taxpayers, of course! :(

  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-03-19 06:49

    werent they the ones toi-toing for universities to be merged in the first place?

  • Colin - 2011-03-19 09:13

    The tax burden is already out of proportion and these uneducated children want everything for free. They don't intend to study anyway, just going to school/university gives them something to do to just pass the day. What a bloody waste.

  • Janine - 2011-03-19 09:51

    My sister went to varsity in the 70s because she was academically bright - my parents took out loans and were still paying them off years after she graduated. In those days, if you couldn't pay the fees you didn't go.

  • frangelico - 2011-03-19 10:09

    Tertiary education is an honour earned through hard work at high school, with good grades earned the honest way.No one got free education at tertiary level during apardheid,if you could afford the fees you were lucky,if not you worked at more than one job to PAY your way. So sick of the majority always WANTING WANTING WANTING FOR FREE.The only thing for free is the air that you breathe,even that's polluted just like the average I WANT IWANT IWANT FOR FREE FREE FREE MIND we all know who you are don't we.

  • Marianne - 2011-03-19 13:30

    "THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS"???????????? Now that is what I call gross exaggeration. 2000 is a large number, but hardly the number that attends an ordinary interschool athletics meeting.This type of sensationalist reporting places emphasis on sheer nonsense. Their lack of financial insight - to demand that mergers be undone! - only equals that of Asmal, who thought that mergers could be used to "punish" universities. Apart from Limpopo and Medunsa (there I agree with them, and virtually no merging has taken place in any case) the "punished" institutions have actually done remarkably well, much to the irritation of the non-merged ones.

  • Jacques - 2011-03-19 17:18

    You do not understand how their minds work. They will pay R50000 for a NHD, R80000 for a batchelors and R150000 for a masters. They are prepare to pay but the 'education' must be freeeeeeee ie they do not have to go to universities etc.

  • darkwing - 2011-03-20 11:00

    Get this, students. We don't care if you study or not. There will always be gardens and homes where you can work.

  • Byron - 2011-03-21 09:01

    I am a student at TUT. I even think they are naive and stupid! I believe that being able to study is a huge privilage, since I worked my ass off to get here in the first place. If you take peoples sence of achievement away you create a lazy sociey. I believe that if they want to make a change, they should rather strike for taking away B.E.E, and rather work on a MERIT based system, in which everybody IS EQUAL.

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