Vavi rejects ‘SA can’t afford free education’ notion

Zwelinzima Vavi says it’s wrong to claim that SA doesn’t have the money to fund higher education.

Zwelinzima Vavi arrives at Wits University to address students after he was invited by the FMF movement. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Zwelinzima Vavi has rejected the notion that South Africa cannot afford free tertiary education.

Vavi addressed students at Wits University today.

Earlier, students marched to Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu) headquarters where they delivered a memorandum aiming to mobilise support.

Vavi says it's wrong to claim that South Africa doesn't have the money to fund higher education, he says it's just a matter of political will.

"This in now the time for the political leadership to assemble a political will to ensure that they do just that."

One of the Fees Must Fall student leaders, Koketso Poho, shares the same sentiment.

"Free education: Is it a dololo or wololo [is it a yes or a no?] and the students can move in that fashion."

Wits University students say they'll use this weekend to mobilise more support from other universities across the country.

#Fees2017 #Wits SRC member Busisiwe Seabe says students will continue protests next week.

#Fees2017 #Wits outgoing SRC Secretary General Fasiha Hassan gives response to management statement keeping University closed indefinitely.