19 September 2016
SADTU welcomes the announcement on higher education fees for 2017
The South African Democratic Teachers Union welcomes the announcement by the
Minister of Higher Education on higher education fees for 2017.
We welcome the fact that despite the difficult economic circumstances that
we find ourselves under, the poor and those categorized as the "missing
middle" which includes teachers, will not bear the brunt of fee increments
for the 2017 academic year.
However, our principled position that ultimately we must realize free higher
education for the children of the working class remains.
We thus see the announcement by the Minister as a step in the correct
direction. We insist that moving forward; the private sector must provide
the resources for free higher education as this is the sector that benefits
the most from our university output.
There are companies that fund certain privileged upmarket schools within the
basic education sector with enormous amounts of money every year; we are
calling upon them to apply the same levels of enthusiasm towards funding
We support the call for a "wealth tax" to fund higher education and are
further calling on the ANC government to start preparing legislative
framework that will make it possible for business to be compelled to play
its role in this regard.
No to destruction
We call on all students and all formations to desist from the destruction of
university infrastructure; this is tantamount to cutting your nose to spite
your face. It is wrong, unacceptable, barbaric and regressive in the worst
We support students' mass action but abhor any form of destruction.
Those, like the thugs in Vuwani, are borrowing from the future of our
children what they will never be able to pay back. This is unforgivable.
SADTU says yes to any form of demonstrations. SADTU says no to the
destruction of schools and universities.
Mugwena Maluleke, General Secretary, 082 7832968
Nkosana Dolopi, Deputy General Secretary, 082 709 5651
Nomusa Cembi, Media Officer, 082 719 5157
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