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Presidency: Zuma discussing fees commission report with key govt structures

The Presidency says it is in the final stages of processing the much anticipated report and hopes to conclude this before the end of the week.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma reads through papers ahead of an address. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency says that President Jacob Zuma is discussing the contents of the fees commission report with key government structures before formally releasing it to the public.

According to the City Press, the over 700-page document found that free higher education is not feasible for all and other models need to be adopted to address the funding crisis at South Africa’s universities.

Some student leaders say they will wait for the official contents to be released before taking any action.

The Presidency’s Bongani Ngqulunga says that Zuma cannot release the contents of the fees commission report without detailing how he will be implementing its recommendations.

“And it’s quite a lengthy report, considering its recommendations and the relevant stakeholders involved in the report.”

Meanwhile, some student leaders say they still mapping out an action plan to respond to the official document.

University of Cape Town’s Sinawo Thambo says: “We have a meeting with students, so we’ll be discussing a lot of these issues more broadly.”

The Presidency says it is in the final stages of processing the much anticipated report and hopes to conclude this before the end of the week.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)