The South African Students Congress (Sasco) has extended a clear warning to the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) to pay more attention to the students’ calls for transformation at higher institutions of learning.
Sasco’s Buthanani Ngwane issued the warning during a media briefing which the student congress held yesterday. At the briefing, they condemned the recent burning of a Wits University lecture hall earlier this week and distanced themselves from the vandalism that left the university in a shabby state.
The congress regretted to say that it believes there’s a strong third force behind some students who have decided to abandon the quest and campaign known as the #feesMustFall movement and are now pursuing their private political agenda.
Sasco made a call to the department of higher education and training enjoining it to organize another summit in order to evaluate the implementations of the last summit’s resolutions.
Among other requests, the congress also called on the team overseeing the presidential free education task to step up the work.
Sasco also called on the private sector to shift all its bursaries into a central portal to assist the government with funds to take care of the students.
Earlier this month, Braamfontein campus of Wits University witnessed a mammoth crowd of students from various varsities who gathered at Wits in an attempt to shut down all operations on campus. According to the students, they are protesting against the suspension of some students who have been excluded for not paying their fees.
At the beginning of this current academic year, South African universities had an agreement that all students could register, but on the condition that they pay a part of their fees by the end of the first quarter of the year.
To make it more binding, students were made to sign a form of consent of debt. But as it is, the first quarter came to an end last month and thousands of students have now been excluded for not meeting up with payment of fees.