No decision yet on university fee hikes - Presidency

President Zuma reportedly ordered that money be found to accommodate a 0% university fee hike in 2017.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande has spoken to Eyewitness News.Picture Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Despite reports suggesting President Jacob Zuma has instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to find money to accommodate a zero percent fee increase for university students next year, the presidency says consultations are still taking place.

Weekend reports said Zuma had given such instructions two weeks ago at a meeting in Centurion.

Some students belonging to different bodies have already indicated they will protest again against fee increases.

In a statement by the presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga says the presidency has noted the reports regarding fee increases for next year but consultations still continue.

The statement neither confirms nor denies whether Zuma did request a no fee increase increment to be implemented again next year but makes mention of the commission of inquiry lead by judge Jonathan Heher.

The commission has been tasked with looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education.

Earlier this month, the Council of Higher Education recommended an across the board inflation related increase at universities next year.

National Treasury has told the commission it's not willing to borrow money to fund higher education as its resources are currently under strain.