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Fee protests shut down universities

Students block access to a road on UCT's campus. Picture: Henk Kruger

Students block access to a road on UCT's campus. Picture: Henk Kruger

Published Oct 19, 2015


Cape Town - Students are protesting againt fee hikes at universities across the country, following last week’s #Witsfeesmustfall campaign.

According to reports, classes have been suspended at Rhodes University in Grahamstown after students blocked access roads to the university.

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University of Cape Town students are also set to protest for an end to “exclusionary” fee increases at the university. Roads around the campus have also been blocked.

Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) – the movement which effectively sparked the removal of Cecil John Rhodes’s statue from UCT – said it would lead Monday’s protest at the campus.

According to unconfirmed reports, protests are also set to take place at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape, Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria.

Monday's action follows protests at Wits University, where students shut down the entire campus last week, demanding that a tuition fees hike for 2016 be suspended. Students had taken issue with a proposal by the Wits council to increase fees by 10.5 percent and blockaded the university entrance, effectively cancelling all lectures.

Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib was forced to leave the Higher Education Summit in Durban to attend to the students’ demands on Friday.

All Wits campuses remained closed on Monday with students and the Wits Council to meet at noon.

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IOL and Cape Times

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