Johannesburg - Cosatu has hailed the 0 percent increase in university fees for next year, announced by President Jacob Zuma on Friday afternoon, as a victory for working class students.
But the country’s largest trade union federation said it was only one step, saying it was glad a broader discussion would now begin between partners in the higher education sector.
“This is a victory for the thousands of students, who have taken their destiny in their own hands. Their resilience, clarity, and unity was exemplary and admirable,” Cosatu spokesman, Sizwe Pamla said.
“This generation has shown that the country’s future is in good hands through their awareness, activism and mobilisation.”
He said the largely peaceful demonstrations by students across the country this week should not be overshadowed by “hooligans and agent provocateurs” who vandalised property and “ provoked the police”.