Cope supports call for free tertiary education

Cope held an NEC meeting over the weekend and party leader Mosioua Lekota says it stands firmly with students.

FILE: Cope leader Mosioa Lekota.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says it supports the call from university students for free education.

The party held a National Executive Committee meeting over the weekend and its president Mosioua Lekota says Cope's members stand firmly with the students.

"We've to accumulate resources to be able to provide education proportionate to the excess resources that the country makes."

Protests erupted at several South African universities last week shortly after the Higher Education Minister announced that tariff hikes for 2017 would be left to individual varsities.

Blade Nzimande also announced a subsidy to help the poor and the so-called missing middle but many students say that's not good enough.

African National Congress Youth League president Collin Maine says students must go back to lectures.

"We must wait for the commission that has been appointed by the president to finish its work. At the centre of their mandate is to look at modalities of the implementation of this noble call by all students and the youth league. They must go back to class."