Wits students taking the legal route in their fight for free education

Former Wits University SRC President Mcebo Dlamini says that a strong team of legal experts, which includes Advocates Dali Mpofu and Sandile Khumalo, has been assembled to assist the #FeesMustFall movement at Wits University in its campaign to get government to implement free education in the country.

We are going to force government to implement free education through the legal route as well... because education is a fundamental right

Mcebo Dlamini, former Wits University President

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Dlamini says that the #FeesMustFall student movement at Wits University plans to take the matter of free education to the Constitutional Court to test whether the country's Constitution favours the majority of South Africans.

We don't want free education for Wits students only. We want free education in South Africa

Mcebo Dlamini, former Wits University President

Students are protesting at several universities in the country, calling for free education.

Last week, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced that it would be up to universities to decide their own university fees for 2017, but suggested fee increases not to be more than eight percent.

Minister Nzimande also announced government's commitment to find resources to support students from households which earn less than R600 000.

Dlamini says that university students throughout the country have a common agenda of free education, despite the different challenges they face in their respective campuses.

We would like to caution Minister Blade Nzimande for playing and celebrating death to gain public sympathy. He is using death to lie and delegitimize a noble cause... That is unAfrican

Mcebo Dlamini, former Wits University President

A cleaner at Wits University died last week after inhaling fumes from a fire extinguisher which was released during student protests at the university.

Dlamini criticized Minister Nzimande for using the incident to discredit the student protests.

This is an urgent matter. It needs to be given the urgency it deserves

Mcebo Dlamini, former Wits University President

Dlamini hopes that the Wits University students will file their case to the Constitutional Court by Wednesday this week.

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