Cosas: ANC must pledge support for free education

The student organisation says it believes free education is possible and says it will use the conference to persuade delegates to resolve on a policy for its introduction.

FILE: Demonstrating students hold up placards during protests over tertiary education fees in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) says the African National Congress must pledge its support for free higher education before addressing any students on campuses.

Cosas says it will use the governing party's upcoming national policy conference to push for free education.

The student organisation says that it believes free education is possible and says it will use the conference to persuade delegates to resolve on a policy for its introduction.

The body's Johannesburg regional general secretary Penuel Maduna says they want the ruling party to do away with dual education.

'Free education is possible because there is a lot of money that the government is losing. Ministers, you find ministers having six VIP protection cars. If the government can cut those VIP protection cars, that money can go towards free education."