Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday pledged R15 000 towards the #FeesMustFall movement by students calling for free tertiary education.
“As long as there is injustice somewhere, sustainable peace cannot be experienced anywhere. Education is important in the delivery of the constitutional dream of the freed potential and improved quality of life of all,” Madonsela said at the IUA –United Communal Fund fundraising dinner in Durban.
“Education is a key component for a country’s progression, therefore when we collectively work towards educating our young persons; we actively and jointly contribute to a South Africa we all want to see because young people carry the dreams and hopes of our people. We ought to take cognisance of the fact that South Africa is a relatively rich country with innovative young minds that can help address today’s problems.”
Students across South Africa have been protesting for free education at various universities including the University of Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Cape Town, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.
Madonsela’s office said in a statement that she had pledged towards the #FeesMustFall crisis because there was a need for corporate South Africa to join the search for solutions to the fees crisis.
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Madonsela implored the support of corporate South Africa to join hands and establish a fund that could be utilised to assist many young South Africans, who require funding to complete their tertiary education.
Madonsela hopes that her pledge will encourage more in corporate South Africa to follow suite and make a difference by putting previously disadvantaged students through university.
The students have been protesting since Monday after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that state universities could increase fees for 2017, capped at eight percent.
– African News Agency (ANA)