South African Students Congress

SASCO Welcomes the Pronouncement by the President but wishes he could have addressed students

23 October 2015

The South African Students’ Congress welcomes the announcement made by President Zuma that there will be no fee increment in our institutions of higher learning for the year of 2016. We are happy that our protest action as students yielded positive results in the immediate term. Our ultimate goal is the attainment of free education and we shall fight to ensure that government does not deter from its commitment to provide free quality education in South Africa. We commend government for taking such a bold stance and we will ensure that there we hold government accountable for the introduction of free education immediately.

We are however saddened that the President allowed himself to be held hostage by Vice Chancellors instead of coming out and delivering this good news to students. We believe that the confrontation that happened between the students and the police was as a result of this prolonged meeting whereby students started to feel agitated and become inpatient.

The organization nonetheless condemns in the strongest terms acts of violence and hooliganism from some of our comrades, together with other structures. We believe that these acts carry the potential of leading to the loss of support for our call by society. We believe that that there ought to be vigilance and determination from students but discipline is a necessary ingredient if we are to get society’s respect. In the same vain we condemn the rubber bulleting and the teargasing of students. We believe that the police could have handled the situation better.

Moving from here we will be doing a nationwide consultation with our structures to determine a way forward on our National Shutdown. This is because we believe that VCs and our councils can decide to go against the instructions of the president hiding behind institutional autonomy.

Issued by the SASCO NEC

Ntuthuko Makhombothi (President) - 071 875 2209

Or

Luzuko Buku (Secretary General) - 071 879 3258