Fees re­port ex­pected soon

The Mercury - - NEWS -

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

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