Last year, Minister for Higher Education and training, Dr Blade Nzimande made a shocking announcement that Universities can increase tuition fees but not above 8%. Many students protested which led to loss of lives, arrests and destruction of properties.

Again, Dr Zweli Mkhize ANC Treasurer-General  has told University of Fort Hare students that “in reality” there is no such thing as “free education”.

He was addressing students at a Young Communist League event on “Progressive Black Academics” at the university’s East London campu.

Dr Mkhize faced off with student‚ socialist and communist radicals’ cries against shortcomings of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and calls for free education.

The ANC TG, a former student activist himself when he was at University of Natal‚ said young people needed to differentiate between idealism and realism in their calls for free education.