Media release

Government appeals for calm at institutions of higher learning

07 September 2016

7 Sep 2016

Government has noted with concern media reports on the resurgence of violent protests in some institutions of higher learning. Students are advised not to participate in activities that may place them in conflict with the law as they protest against fee increase at universities.

As government we would like to assure South Africans that the matter of student fees is receiving our full attention. We are working together with all parties concerned to find a lasting solution.

Destruction of property and violence during this process cannot be tolerated. Government calls on students to allow the ongoing consultation to be concluded peacefully. We call on student leadership to join the call for the protection of valuable university infrastructure which is part of the common national heritage of all South Africans.

Government understands the difficult circumstances faced by many students in the country and is doing everything in its power to resolve the situation.
The 2016 academic year is drawing to a close and students are encouraged to focus on preparations for their final examinations.

South Africa desperately needs the skills of young people who will be able to one day take their place in the South African economy and contribute towards a great destiny.
Education is our future. The Department of Higher Education and Training will soon make an announcement on the matter of student fees.

Donald Liphoko, GCIS Acting Director-General
Cell: 082 901 0766

Issued by GCIS

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