South African Students Congress

SASCO Statement on the Launch of the One Million Signatures for Free Education Campaign

4 August 2014

The South African Students' Congress enjoins all South Africans to join and participate in its One Million Signatures for Free Education Campaign. Our aim is to get a million South Africans to officially rally behind our call for Free Education. This campaign seeks to elevate the struggle for Free Quality Education in our country. Twenty years into democracy the racist legacy of Apartheid persist and is evident with the exclusion of hundreds of thousand of young African working class and poor youth from institutions of higher education and training.

The ANC resolved in 2007 at its 52nd National Conference to introduce Free Education for the working class and poor. This is the second term of this administration elected after this decision was taken and yet it remains unclear whether this decision will be implemented and when. Free Education will ensure that our country redresses the imbalances of the past. It will also ensure that South Africa broaden its skills base, which will be a key catalyst for economic transformation. It is therefore the not only a responsibility of students but society in general to heighten the struggle for Free Education.

Our campaign will be run both manually and through the Internet. All signatures collected will be handed over to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande, Dr. during our Free Education march that will take place from the 16th to 19th September 2014 as a week long activity. We have released the petition to all our structures to begin the work of mobilizing signatures. Guidelines for the campaign have been released to all of our structures. The link for the petition is www.ipetitions.com/widget/view/648575 or it also be simply accessed by going to the SASCO website on www.sasco.org.za

We again wish to send a clarion call to all South Africans to support our campaign and ensure that they mobilize others behind the struggle for Free Quality Education.

For more information
Ntuthuko Makhombothi (President) on 0718752209

Or

Luzuko Buku (Secretary General) on 0718793258