Bongani is an education reporter at the Mail & Guardian.
University leaders and the government look set to lock horns over institutional autonomy.
Millions of rands are at stake and workers are also concerned about the question of contracts.
Support staff are finally being brought in-house, thanks to young idealists fighting for their rights.
About 200 students and staff marched peacefully on Monday to demand that UJ ends its practice of outsourcing workers.
The authors of a 2012 report mapping out the case for free tertiary education say the government has a moral obligation to enable the poor to study.
A veto on university fee increases is a victory, but the funding scheme still fails many people.
TUT students marched peacefully to key institutions to deliver demands they say will open the door to free education.
Students' protest over funding continued at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on Monday, forcing closure of the institution.
In their thousands, students of the #FeesMustFall campaign marched to the Union Buildings to have their demands heard.
The pot is empty for university subsidies, but millions are being squandered in the vocational sector.