The DA can both ensure poor students in need receive funding and keep our universities open for access to opportunities and jobs.

No student who qualifies for tertiary education should be denied the opportunity to study because they cannot afford it.


  • Important sectors like healthcare will not get the new recruits they need.
  • Tens of thousands of 2016 matriculants, who want to study next year, will be forced to stay at home or find a job.
  • Universities will have even less money available to them and will be forced to keep relying on student fees.
  • Our economy, worryingly close to both a downgrade and recession, will be hit, adding to our unemployment crisis and the frustration and anger which it gives birth to.
  • Decades of chronic underfunding of the Higher Education sector by the ANC government.
  • Growing frustration around the lack of opportunities for young South Africans in our weakening economy.
  • A national budget that doesn’t prioritise broad student support and university subsidies.
  • Any form of violence, arson, vandalism or destruction.
  • Any form of intimidation of students who wish to learn.
  • The shutdown of our campuses.
  • Shutting down the opportunity for others to disagree with your opinion and to protest peacefully.
  • By-passing of university structures such as SRCs, Councils etc.

Those responsible for criminal actions and breaking the law should be prosecuted so that the Rule of Law is upheld, while the police must ensure they act lawfully.