As we embark on the no registration fee campaign to ensure that the gates of the university are open to all black people. This movement is geared towards the attainment of free education and the immediate implementation of free education in South Africa. Education in this country is reflective of our socio-economic conditions that perpetuate black poverty and exclusion. Black students across universities in South Africa are perpetually financially excluded and locked into debt.
For this reason we are calling for the end of commodifying education. We want the doors of higher learning to be open to every student in South Africa. Access to education must not be based on one’s ability to pay; it must be open to all! We do not want ‘payment plans’ and ‘student loans’. We want #FreeEducationForAll. We are fighting for the decommodification of education. We are committed to this project and we are not alone! Students from all over the country are calling for #FreeEducationNow. We are saying #AsinaMali. It must be recognised that this year being the 40th anniversary of the 1976 student uprising where young black students challenged the apartheid government and lost their lives, we’re inspired by the undying commitment shown by black martyrs and feel the lives lost should not have been in vain as is the current status quo.
- We demand free education Now
- No registration fee (even where there is outstanding debt)
- By-elections for SRC (Elections were unconstitutional)
- Historic debt repayment for students who are graduating this year to scrapped in total.
- Access to academic record whether you are in debt or not.
- Left-over food from all dining halls must be given to poor students and day scholars on campus (inclusive of weekends)
- Suspensions and disciplinary action due to the protest that took place in 2015 should be revoked.
- No Police presence on campus
- African Students (International students) within the border of Africa should not pay an upfront fee payment of 75 percent but rather it should be pushed down to 50 percent.
- Removal of upfront accommodation fee and students should be allowed to move upon registration.
- Returning NSFAS Students in their final year should be given financial aid to complete their academic studies.
We are also stating that the negotiation processes towards the insourcing of university workers must continue in good faith. The task team which was set up in 2015 must not be disrupted and meetings towards the achievement of the insourcing of workers must continue as per plan. We have also towards this end sent a statement to the University Management stating our position on this matter.