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.

Listen to the conversation below:

Read More
'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

Ambassador of Haiti to South Africa Jacques Baril describes Haiti's historic relationship with the African continent.

'Having sex will not make you cleverer'

'Having sex will not make you cleverer'

Neurologist Professor Girish Modi describes the effect of sex on one's memory.

Money Matters: Understanding an endowment policy

Money Matters: Understanding an endowment policy

Discovery's Head of Legal Services Harry Joffe describes on #NightTalk relevant information about endowment policies.

How to survive a hostile job interview

How to survive a hostile job interview

Recruitment specialist Candice Martin describes how one can get past a hostile job interview

Watch the latest footage of the #NationalShutDown for the #FeesMustFall campaign

Watch the latest footage of the #NationalShutDown for the #FeesMustFall campaign

A collection of the latest video footage from #FeesMustFall, where a number of tertiary institutions have come to a standstill.

#FeesMustFall sparks higher education alternative funding discussions

#FeesMustFall sparks higher education alternative funding discussions

With the #FeesMustFall uprising at universities nationwide, the conversation has started on how else higher education can be funded.

Popular articles
Exasperated listener (and Kuga owner) recounts shocking service from Ford

Exasperated listener (and Kuga owner) recounts shocking service from Ford

It’s getting worse and worse for Ford, as this report of shocking service shows. John Maytham interviews a frustrated listener.

How a family butchery became the first Pick n Pay in Diepkloof

How a family butchery became the first Pick n Pay in Diepkloof

The Monageng family started with their mom–and–pop corner butchery in 1972 and now have partnership with Pick n Pay in Soweto.

Poverty, vulnerability and social media help breed unscrupulous pastors - study

Poverty, vulnerability and social media help breed unscrupulous pastors - study

CRL Rights Commission says people who brag about their achievements should be conscious of the damage they might do to others.

Why Hlaudi Motsoeneng wasn't called to testify at SABC's inquiry

Why Hlaudi Motsoeneng wasn't called to testify at SABC's inquiry

Ad hoc committee chair says Parliament could have exercised oversight sooner, before the situation at SABC reached this point.

Brother of man who died in Kuga opens up on air, discusses lawsuit against Ford

Brother of man who died in Kuga opens up on air, discusses lawsuit against Ford

John Maytham interviews Kaveen Jimmy; who says he has damning evidence against Ford.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

They couldn’t fix his iPod, so he did it himself (thereby creating iFix)

They couldn’t fix his iPod, so he did it himself (thereby creating iFix)

Alex Fourie created iFix in 2006 from his dorm room at university. Today it repairs about 10 000 devices a month.