Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has pledged R15 000 towards the #FeesMustFall movement.
As announced by her office in a statement, Madonsela made the move in order to tackle the incessant fees crisis; and because there was a need for corporate South Africa to join the search for solutions to the fees crisis in higher education.
Speaking at the IUA –United Communal Fund fundraising dinner in Durban on Wednesday, the endearing Public Protector called on all and sundry to join hands and establish a fund; that could render help to many young South Africans; who require financial assistance to scale through their tertiary education.
“As long as there is injustice somewhere sustainable peace cannot be experienced anywhere. Education is important in the delivery of the constitutional dream of the freed potential, and improved quality of life of all‚” she told the audience.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela Calls For More Support For Young People
Alluding to one of former president Nelson Mandela’s famous quotes – which says that education is the great leveller; Madonsela reminded them that education is a key component for a country’s progression.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, therefore; encouraged everyone to collectively work towards educating young persons; because the dreams; hopes; and aspirations of South Africa lie on young people.
Across the country protests by students calling for free education under the Fees Must Fall campaign entered the third day on Wednesday.
Violence erupted at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and classes were disrupted at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria on Tuesday.
In Pietermaritzburg, students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal marched to the provincial legislature; refusing to welcome a proposed fees hike in 2017 by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.
The Fees Must Fall campaign, launched in 2015, gave birth to 0% fee increase for 2016; and left the Treasury scrambling to compensate universities with R2bn for a shortfall in revenue.
However, on Monday Nzimande announced fee increases for 2017 would be decided by individual universities since the state’s generosity has dried up.