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Fees Commission seeks ways to make hearings safe

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The Fees Commission says it is seeking ways of ensuring that the venues of its public hearings are safe.

The commission’s statement comes after it suspended proceedings after students disrupted the Cape Town leg of its public hearings on Tuesday.

The students demanded that the University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice Chancellor, Max Price should drop charges against them.

They charges relate to violence during the Fees Must Fall protests.

Police eventually removed Price.

The Commission’s spokesperson, Musa Ndwandwe says, “We also observe people with issues who use the commission to confront principles who don’t have a mandate to readdress their issues except to stick to the mandate of terms of reference. We will, however, have to review the way we conduct these hearings to ensure the safety of all presenters and staff.”

Price had earlier made a submission that keeping tuition fees unchanged was not sustainable and offered an alternative.

Officials from Stellenbosch University also made submissions and explained why institutions of higher learning should increase their tuition fees.

[Source: SABC]
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