Fees report expected soon
THE Heher commission’s report on its inquiry into the feasibility of making higher education and training feefree in South Africa could be released before the end of next week, the Presidency said.
Following widespread and sometimes violent protests by students at universities and other higher education institutions around the country, President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission – chaired by Judge Arthur Heher assisted by advocate Gregory Ally and Leah Thembisile Khumalo – on January 14, 2016.
The commission was expected to complete its work within 18 months, said Zuma’s spokesperson, Bongani Ngqulunga. However, the commission could not finish its work within that period and Zuma extended its term until June 30 this year.
Zuma had received the final report from the commission on August 30. The Presidency had been “working on the report” since it was received,” he said.
“The Presidency is now finalising the processing of the report, which requires that the Presidency consult with the relevant ministers to ensure that government is ready to implement the president’s decision as soon he releases the report… It is expected that it will be finalised in the course of next week.” – Mercury Correspondent