Commission of Inquiry into free higher education calls for public comment

The Commission of Inquiry into the feasibility of free higher education in South Africa has called for public comment.

Higher education commission was set up in response to the 2015 #FeesMustFall student protests calling for free higher education.

702's John Robbie spoke to chairperson of the Inquiry, retired Judge Jonathan Heher, regarding the matter.

Listen to the interview below:

The state of play is that we've been doing a great deal of preliminary work on the reports and recommendations of the presidential and ministerial task teams.

Judge Jonathan Heher, chairperson of free higher education Commission of Inquiry

The evidence leaders are preparing evidence they wish to present before us and it looks as though live evidence will be heard probably early in June.

Retired Judge Jonathan Heher

The Commission has encouraged South Africans to submit their comments by faxing to 086 682 6936 and sending emails to feeshet@justice.gov.za.

The scope of the mandate is as wide as it can be. But that does not mean that we can't reduce it on the basis of the non-feasibility of supplying it to everyone.

Retired Judge Jonathan Heher

There always has to be some sort of a cut-off point whether it's a cut-off point in terms of the people involved.

Retired Judge Jonathan Heher

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