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New Wits SRC president: Delay of fees commission report deliberate

The incoming Wits University Students Representative Council (SRC) says it has no faith in the Fees Commission Inquiry because government uses it to distract the country from serious issues.

FILE: Wits University. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu

JOHANNESBURG - The incoming Wits University Students Representative Council (SRC) says it has no faith in the Fees Commission Inquiry because government uses it to distract the country from serious issues.

The state introduced the commission to explore the possibility of fee free higher education.

But Wits' incoming SRC president, Oridiretsi Masebe, says the government only introduced the commission because they were under pressure and that it would not amount to anything.

Masebe says that he believes the delay in the fees commission report is deliberate.

“Our mood should not be to expect anything positive from the commission of inquiry that’s undertaking through the administration of criminals and corrupt officials.”

With speculations rife that universities are set to increase fees by 10% for 2018, protests have already started at other universities.

Masebe says that Wits will not shut down for now.

“We’re going to take action, with or without the commission. Students are not going to take action because they are being coerced. Students must collectively and deductively and qualitatively reason among themselves.”

Masebe dismissed rumours that the incoming SRC, which is Economic Freedom Fighters-led, is being directly controlled by EFF CIC Julius Malema.

WATCH: Oridiretse Masebe: We will not allow a shutdown at Wits

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)