The Commission of Inquiry into the Feasibility of Making High Education and Training Fee-free in South Africa was chaired by Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher, assisted by advocate Gregory Ally and Leah Khumalo.
The report concluded that tertiary education should be funded through a cost-sharing model that includes the government and banks.
University of the Western Cape (UWC) student Sikhulule Mamkeli said: “We expected this from the commission. Nothing positive has come out from the commission. We know that it was just a recommendation and that is not binding.
“We were hoping the president could give us free education. But we expected this from the commission. I think they are using this free education thing for the 2019 elections to keep the ANC in power,” Mamkeli added.