Student union demands free education by 2017

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Wits University is under lockdown. There is a heavy security presence on the Johannesburg campus.

PRETORIA - The SA Union of Students (SAUS) is demanding free tertiary education by next year.

The union represents 27 student representative councils.

It made submissions at the first hearing into the feasibility of free higher education.

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The student body proposed a number of alternatives to fund fees.

Among them, taxing the rich and nationalising mines and banks.

It’s also called for pay cuts for vice-chancellors, ministers, mayors and former presidents.

In January, President Jacob Zuma established a commission of inquiry into higher education after a spate of student protests over fee hikes.

Hearings will be held countrywide.