12 November 2013
SADESMO express concern at fees increases of
Sizwe Simelane, National Secretary General of
South African Democratic Student Movement (SADESMO) has
expressed devastation at the increase of education institution
fees in South Africa. “Twenty years in democracy, we are still
struggling to get affordable quality education. Instead of
improving the situation it just seems to be getting worse,” said
The government is letting us down. It should
be helping us prepare for our future by making education
affordable for all and not just the already entitled few.
Something must be done and it must be done quickly,” said
“Where is this ‘free education’ we being
promised by the government and what system has been put in place
to monitor it?” asked Simelane.
“Sadly it is the poorest of the poor who will
feel the brunt of this decision and also discourage many from
trying to study further. This decision simply enforces the class
system making the rich better educated than the poor,” he added.
“This increase follows many unresolved issues,
such as National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Many
students are struggling to get in-service training and are
receiving letters from NSFAS for an increase in their loans
whilst still job seeking. It makes us wonder what the government
doing about it.” said Simelane.
“As SADESMO we think the Minister of Higher
Education, Mr. Blade Nzimande, is responsible for the problem
facing us these institutions. Why is he so silent?” concluded
National Secretary General of SADESMO