Nzimande needs to be disciplined - ANCYL

2016-09-20 20:52
ANCYL president Collin Maine with ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza (Lizeka Tandwa, News24).

ANCYL president Collin Maine with ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza (Lizeka Tandwa, News24).

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WATCH: Students across the country unhappy with fee increase

2016-09-19 16:37

The Minister of Higher Education announced today that university fees will go up in 2017. He said universities would have the opportunity to increase fees as they see fit, but suggested that fees should not be increased by more than eight per cent. WATCH

Johannesburg – The ANC should discipline Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande for his 8% fee increase announcement, the ANC Youth League said on Tuesday.

“We strongly condemn deployees of the ANC from acting contrary to the decision of the NEC of the ANC. This is not acceptable,” ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza told reporters in Johannesburg.

The league repeated its call for a moratorium on all university fee increases pending the outcomes of the commission of inquiry into higher education and training (fees commission). It is looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education in the country.

Nzuza said the ANC's highest decision-making body, its national executive committee, was clear in its declaration on a moratorium on fee increases until the fees commission had done its work.

“If there are people to be disciplined here, it's people who have gone against decisions taken by the NEC," Nzuza said.

The ANCYL was reacting to Nzimande’s announcement on Monday that universities could increase fees for next year by up to 8%.  

It said the moratorium was a step in the right direction, but more needed to be done.

The fees commission should draw on conclusions already reached in the Report of the Ministerial Committee on the Review of the NSFAS, which was released in March 2010, and the results of a government study chaired by NMMU vice chancellor Derrick Swartz.

Nzimande received the latter in December 2012. It found that free university education for the poor was feasible.

The ministerial committee’s recommendations included strengthening the NSFAS’s governance and administration and reviewing its loan recovery practices.

The ANCYL condemned the destruction of university property during student protests.  No member of the “progressive forces” should be found destroying property, Nzuza said.

"Those who are destroying property should face the wrath of the law."

Protests erupted across the country at universities following Nzimande's announcement.

About 30 students were arrested at Wits University during protests on Tuesday.

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