UCT students will respond 'decisively' to proposed fee increase

2017-10-24 15:22

Cape Town – University of Cape Town (UCT) students, led by the student representative council (SRC), have met at Jameson Hall to discuss the proposed fee increase for 2018.

According to SRC member Sihle Lonzi, fees are set to increase by 8-10%.

Lonzi said the university said it was operating at a deficit and was forced to increase fees between 8-10%.

Lonzi said the SRC would respond "decisively" to the proposed 8-10% hike, and would "be 'touring' campus this afternoon".

The demands of the students include:

- A 0% fee increase at the institution which should be announced at an emergency council meeting as soon as possible,
- The immediate release of the Fees Commission report which President Jacob Zuma received August,
- An emergency committee to be set up to investigate all the suicide related deaths over the past year,
- A financial report be released on the expenditure on private security at the university,
- Historical debt for of all students in the 2017 academic year be cleared and that there be no financial barriers to registration in 2018,
- Draft a framework to help students who were not placed in university residences. 

UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola told News24 that the university "states unequivocally that there has been no decision taken on the 2018 tuition and residence fees". 

Moholola said the university joined students in calling for the release of the Fees Commission report. 

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