National 7.9.2016 01:32 pm

Parly slams students for disrupting fees commission hearing

Human Settlements Minister Connie September launches an initiative to speed up transformation in the real estate agency sector in Johannesburg, Thursday, 24 April 2014. September welcomed the "One Learner -- One Estate Agency" programme to transform the industry, where only 10 percent of registered estate agents are black. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Human Settlements Minister Connie September launches an initiative to speed up transformation in the real estate agency sector in Johannesburg, Thursday, 24 April 2014. September welcomed the "One Learner -- One Estate Agency" programme to transform the industry, where only 10 percent of registered estate agents are black. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

On Tuesday, student activists tried to block the UCT vice-chancellor from taking part.

Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education has slammed student disruptions at the presidential fees commission hearing in Cape Town earlier this week.

On Tuesday, student activists tried to block University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Max Price from taking part.

Chairperson of the committee Connie September said on Wednesday that when university matters are dealt with, stakeholders should do so in a manner that would bring about solutions.

“We should not tolerate a situation where the commission is being stopped and muddied by acts of violence. There would not be a proper outcome if the commissioners’ work under threats,” she said.

The commission, set up by President Jacob Zuma following last year’s Fees Must Fall protests, is travelling the country to look into the feasibility of free higher education in the country.

A hearing in East London last week was also disrupted last week.

September said the committee could not accept what happened in the hearings and asked the department to provide feedback on the way forward.

In dealing with the matter, however, it could not be met with violence and threats, she said.

Deputy Minister Mduduzi Masina said the committee’s view would be passed on to the presidency, as the commission fell under its ambit.

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