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#FeesMustFall: SRC leaders want demands met immediately

The leaders earlier met with Minister for Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande in Tembisa.

Some of the SRC’s from universities across the country. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - The Students Representative Council (SRC) leaders of universities across the country say while they’re willing to participate in President Jacob Zuma's commission of inquiry into the feasibility of free education, they have demands that need to be addressed immediately in order to ensure lectures resume.

The leaders are meeting with Minister for Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande in Tembisa today where they will table the 2016 demands for the Fees Must Fall campaign.

They say their ultimate goal is free education but this includes ensuring quality accommodation and access to tertiary institutions for everyone who qualifies.

University of Fort Hare President Busisiwe Mashiqa says the State needs to intervene immediately to restore normality at institutions.

“We want immediate intervention so as to stabilise the situation in our campuses. It’s not like we are protesting because we don’t want to study, but we want our rights to study to be clear and government must play its own role.”

University of South Africa SRC President Simon Machete says they cannot wait eight months for the commission as this will disadvantage some students.

“For students that are currently dealing with language policies, they have to go back and study. How can they go back and study at universities that instructs them to study in Afrikaans? We are not looking for eight or six months, we want things that can be implemented immediately.”

The student leaders are expected to conclude their meeting this afternoon but say the protests on campus will continue regardless of the outcome.

WATCH: SRC leaders outline demands for #FeesMustFall in 2016

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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