The African National Congress is to hold a media briefing today at Luthuli House following a meeting with youth and student leaders on the issue of university protests.
“In view of the continued protest, it does not appear that the students are satisfied with the 6% fee cap for 2016. This calls for a second bite to look at what is feasible moving forward,” ANC acting spokesperson Keith Khoza said.
Khoza was speaking about an agreement made between vice chancellors and the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, to drop tuition fee increases from an average of 10% at universities across the country to 6%.
Students have rejected the 6% agreement, saying they want no fee hikes in 2016, says Khoza, who is holding the loft on behalf of Zizi Kodwa, who is abroad.
Khoza said the ANC now sees that perhaps there should have intense engagement with the students to avoid the protest.
In Cape Town, ugly scenes displayed itself out as protests turned ugly when students marched and blocked the Parliament precinct, yesterday.
According to reports, those arrested included sons of UCT vice chancellor Max Price and ANC stalwart Frank Chikane.
Albeit unconfirmed, government may reallocate money collected through a skills levy to help fund universities amid student protests nationally.
Speaking on Metro FM morning show political analyst Mpho Pheko, says its’ unfortunate education has been comprised whereas abroad it’s the other way round.
Meanwhile, the ANC condemns ‘sensational’ reporting that there are students charged with treason.
“This type of irresponsible and reckless reporting leads to unnecessary stress for both protesting students and parents,” read the statement.