The Commission looking into the possibility of free tertiary education in South Africa will conduct its next public hearing in Mpumalanga.

Spokesman Musa Ndwandwe said the public hearing will take place at the Civic Centre in Mbombela on 22 August.

“On our program we have the Council of Higher Education and Training as they are the ones who advise the Minister [Blade Nzimande] on 2017 fees increment, so they are the people who are quite topical at the current moment and we will invite the South African Student Congress (Sasco) to make representation”, Ndwandwe said.

A week ago both the EFF and Pasma student representatives withdrew from the Fees Commission, citing the reasons that it was a waste of time and a “toothless circus”.

This week the Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande indefinitely postponed a press conference that was scheduled to pronounce on tertiary fee adjustments for next year.

Meanwhile SASCO has threatened to shut down campuses nationwide.

Ndwandwe said the Commission invites all stakeholders to come make their “valued presentations, including members of the general public”.

(edited by MM)