Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane said President Jacob Zuma’s announcement there would be no increase in fees next year was not a solution to the funding crisis that lay at the heart of the problem.
“The 0 percent increase will provide short-term relief, but the systemic funding shortages and subsidy cuts from government were not addressed in today’s meeting,” he said.
“In fact when DA Youth Interim Leader, Yusuf Cassim, raised this serious concern in the meeting today, President Zuma refused to acknowledge the seriousness of his submission.”
Despite the agreement of no fee increases, the government did not agree to bail-out any distressed and indebted students, Maimane said.
“This is a failure by President Zuma to take the bold steps necessary today to solve this crisis, rather than to defer it,” he added.