Johannesburg – The SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) on Friday welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that university fees will not increase next year.
“We are happy that our protest action as students yielded positive results in the immediate term. Our ultimate goal is the attainment of free education and we shall fight to ensure that government does not deter from its commitment to provide free quality education in South Africa,” Sasco’s national executive committee (NEC) said in a statement.
“We commend government for taking such a bold stance and we will ensure that… we hold government accountable for the introduction of free education immediately.
“We are, however, saddened that the president allowed himself to be held hostage by vice chancellors (VCs) instead of coming out and delivering this good news to students. We believe that the confrontation that happened between the students and the police was as a result of this prolonged meeting whereby students started to feel agitated and became impatient,” Sasco said.
Nonetheless, Sasco condemned “in the strongest terms acts of violence and hooliganism from some of our comrades, together with other structures”.