Blade Nzimande: Policy on free higher education meant for the poor

He started making his submission to the fees commission of enquiry which is sitting in Centurion.

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says the government interprets the constitutional provisions related to education to include the realisation of free higher education for the poor.

Nzimande has started making his submission to the Fees Commission of Inquiry which is sitting in Centurion today.

President Jacob Zuma established the commission to investigate the feasibility of fee-free higher education.

The minister emphasized the provision of free higher education for the poor - not everyone.

"That has been how government has anchored this policy, because in terms of the levels of inequality in our country and - given our history - on who has been deprived of access to further education, it has been the poor."

WATCH: The Fees Commission hearing