The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] congratulates our glorious liberation movement and leader of the revolutionary tripartite alliance, the African National Congress [ANC], for a successful and united 107th anniversary and peoples manifesto launch held yesterday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Indeed, yesterday’s celebrations and the manifesto launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa further invigorates not only ANC members but our people who continue to look up to the ANC to bring betterment into their lives. We emerge from this rally more determined to ferociously and decisively deal with the triple challenges posed by unemployment, inequalities and abject poverty.
Armed with the manifesto launched yesterday we will crisscross the country and visit our members, workers and our people in both urban and rural areas to tell them about the plans the ANC has to bring them a better life.
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] supports the Students Representative Council [SRC] National Shutdown at the University of South Africa [UNISA].
The national union finds it very disheartening that after 25 years since the dawn of democracy students still have to resort to protest in order to have access to education. We share the same sentiments with SASCO and PYA led SRC at UNISA that government has failed students especially those from poor and working class background in dismantling the scourge of academic exclusion, exorbitant academic fees and exacting application processes.
As we celebrate the 107th anniversary of our glorious liberation movement and preparing to canvass for votes in the upcoming National General Elections, the African National Congress [ANC] has an obligation to instruct its government to fully implement without any delay free tertiary education as adopted by NASREC Conference of the ANC and announced in December 2016 by the then State President. Since the announcement that government would from 2018 introduce fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class undergraduate students we noted that nothing tangible has been done in terms of the full implementation of this ANC resolution.
We call on the UNISA management to resolve the impasse with students through the SRC as soon as possible before it compromises the start of the 2019 academic calendar. As NEHAWU, we fully support the demands by SASCO and SASCO led SRC which are as follows:
• An end to the application ambiguity
• Exorbitant and unreasonable Fee increment
• One student one laptop
• And a R5000 books allowance