13 November 2017
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) welcomes the release of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the feasibility of making higher education and training (higher education) fee-free in South Africa. The Commission of Inquiry was appointed by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma in terms of Section 84(2) (f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.
The ANCWL wants to state categorically that it rejects the recommendation of income-contingency loans (ICL) sourced from commercial banks. Some of the commercial banks in South Africa are fingered in the manipulation of the currency and the largest share of the top South African banks is owned by foreigners whose interest is not maximise profit.
The ANCWL reiterates its calls for the government to establish State Bank and fully licence the South African Post Office to be a commercial bank. Government must refrain doing business with commercial banks that are fingered in the manipulation of the currency and failing to pay back the money as per the Public Protector CIEX report.
The ANCWL welcomes the commitment by His Excellency President Zuma that he will make final pronouncement on the report once the Inter-Ministerial Committee on funding have concluded processing the report. The ANCWL calls the President not to deviate from the resolution of the ANC to provide free education. Free education remains a catalyst in eradicating inequalities, unemployment and poverty which are the legacies of colonialism and apartheid.
Free education will enable mass youth skills revolution which is a critical pillar to advance radical economic transformation. Adequate skills are required to attain the fundamental changes in the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of the economy in favour of all South Africans, the majority of whom are African and female.
Radical economic transformation now or never!!!
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa
+27 82 652 3131