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UCT's SRC seeks zero fee increase extension

The Presidency granted free higher education Commission of Inquiry an extension to complete its probe.

FILE: UCT Fees Must Fall protesters occupy Bremner building. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT)'s student council says it should be extended the same courtesy as the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training.



Earlier today, the Presidency had announced an extension has been granted for the probe to be completed.

The inquiry was launched following student protests calling for zero fee increases last year.

The Commission looking into the feasibility of free higher education's due date has been extended to June 2017.

They are, however, expected to deliver a preliminary report in November of this year.

In light of this, UCT SRC's Rorisang Moseli says they too should then receive an extension on the zero fee increase.

"We admitted it very clearly yesterday in one of our tweets that if the Commission of Inquiry wants an extension, then we want an extension. We are saying we're going to rally around getting a zero percent again for 2017."

University campuses across the country were brought to a standstill by students demanding free education under the banner of Fees Must Fall last year.



Moseli says students would not hesitate to continue protesting if government does not produce a plan to meet their demands.