SAUS warns of student protest over free higher education

SAUS says it plans to march to financial institutions to demand they play a bigger role in higher education.

Students going to the Union Buildings during the Fees Must Fall protest in 2015. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Union of Students (SAUS) says it plans to march to major financial institutions to demand that they play a bigger role in the higher education sector.

The union has rejected a recommendation made by the Council on Higher Education for the implementation of an across the board inflation-related fee increase next year.

The council says implementing a 0% fee increase again next year won't be sustainable for the sector.

The SAUS says the public sector is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the higher education system and should be made to assist government with funding.

The union's Avela Mjajubana said, "Private sector benefits from graduates from institutes who are funded by graduates. So private sector must not act as a parasite in this issue."

Mjajubana says the union plans to march to the JSE and the Chamber of Mines to demand more involvement from them in the funding of higher education.

The union also says if students reject the recommended fee increase for next year it will have no choice but to protest.