TUT SRC says discussing fee increments makes no sense

The SRC body says it believes students are close to realising free education.

Students from the Tshwane University of Technology demonstrating in Pretoria CBD. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology's (TUT) Student Representative Council (SRC) says it does not make sense to be discussing fee increments at this stage, as it believes students are close to realising free education.

The SRC has been in talks with university management over proposed fees hikes for 2017 after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that all increments will be capped at 8 percent.

Protests erupted at TUT campuses last week, as part of the nationwide Fees Must Fall demonstrations.

The SRC's treasurer general Thabang Hangwane says that students will not stop protesting until the university agrees to a freeze on fee increments.

"Our students say 'Zero increment', and as leaders we support that call. We believe that simply because we are fighting for a genuine cause of free quality education. The university can't come to us with any fee increment."