President Zuma announces Commission of Inquiry into higher education funding and other issues
14 January 2016
On the 23rd of October 2015, President Jacob Zuma met with vice-chancellors, chairpersons of university councils, presidents of student representative councils and the representatives of student organisations to discuss concerns with regard to fee increases and funding of higher education.
The President announced thereafter, that government would lead a process that will look at broader issues affecting the funding of higher education, cognisant of other endeavours in this regard.
The President has now appointed a Commission of Inquiry in terms of Section 84(2)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.
The Commission will be chaired by Honourable Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Judge Heher was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 1993 and as a judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2003. He retired from the bench in 2013. Judge Heher will be assisted by Adv Gregory Ally and Ms Leah Thabisile Khumalo as Commissioners.