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Cabinet briefed on Heher Commission report

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said the presidential fiscal commission would meet soon to interrogate the financial implications of providing free higher education.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has been briefed on the much-anticipated Heher Commission report into higher education.

The delay in its release has sparked nationwide student protests.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said today that the presidential fiscal commission would meet soon to interrogate the financial implications of providing free higher education.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education says it’s concerned about the consequences of further delays in releasing the fees commission report.

Chairperson Connie September says while the committee accepts the president needs time to consider the findings, the report must be made public soon.

Kubayi-Ngubane says Cabinet has received the report.

“We did not look at the Fees Must Fall, we were looking at the report in terms of how to fund education going forward.”

The Higher Education Committee has resolved to write to the minister appealing for the report's release, saying its necessary to help universities to budget.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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