Students’ organisation Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has threatened to shut-down all schools and universities next year unless government implements free tertiary education.

It’s responding to the Fees Commission report which President Jacob Zuma released earlier this week. The report says South Africa cannot afford free higher education. Instead it recommends that government assist students source loans from commercial banks to fund their studies.

Cosas president John Macheke says, “How can a poor learner, who comes from a poor background, the time that he must be enjoying his money after pursuing his studies, he will be paying the loan? We are declining that thing. So as young people of South Africa, we are saying we will close all the schools, we will close all the higher institution until we get free education. The ANC declared free education in the Mangaung conference. Now the ANC is in government, it must be able to implement free education.”

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