FILE: Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande and his deputy minister Mduduzi Manan during a meeting with university SRC leaders in Johannesburg on 14 January 2016.
Editor&39;s note: This live event has been postponed by the Ministry until further notice. You can view the statement below.
PRETORIA – Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande posponed an announcement on university fee adjustments, scheduled for Friday afternoon.
The briefing was expected to take place at the St George&39;s Hotel in Irene, parallel to the fees commission currently under way.
But the Ministry released the below statement on Friday afternoon, announcing the indefinite postponement of the address.
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A surge of student protests swept across the country in October last year. High fees, economic inequality and the slow pace of transformation were the primary issues voiced at the time under the FeesMustFall and RhodesMustFall campaigns.
Last year President Jacob Zuma announced that there would be no fee increase this year and while some welcomed the move they still made it clear that free education is the ultimate goal.
Demonstrations have continued this year with students, unions and some academic staff adamantly calling for free education and further transformation at tertiary institutions.
*Watch eNCA&39;s video coverage of the student protests in the gallery below.