With growing calls for President Jacob Zuma to release the fees commission report, it’s being reported that government is considering going to extreme lengths to fund free education; including tapping into social grants and holding off on the roll out of RDP houses.
The Mail & Guardian is reporting that free education would cost the country an estimated R30 billion.
The proposal is apparently driven by Morris Masutha who is reportedly engaged to one of Zuma's daughters.
Meanwhile, Universities South Africa (USAf) says the country’s institutions are in need of an 8% increase in income and says urgent decisions must be taken to address the problem before the 2018 academic year.
Unisa CEO Ahmed Bawa says institutions urgently need Zuma to release the fees commission report in order to decide on how they will survive the 2018 academic year.
“Now the question, how do we manage that? Do we increase with the risk that students will be angry with that?”
During his address in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday, Zuma said he will release the document soon.
“I’m working with the Presidential fiscal committee, who are assisting me with the report.”
USAf says it cannot afford ending the year in the current unstable position.
Various student protests have erupted in these final months of the academic year with many voicing their demand for the fees report despite president Zuma announcing recently that free education would be an impossible feat for South Africa’s current economy.