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Students chant ‘Zuma must fall’

Published Oct 23, 2015


Pretoria - Thousands of students from various universities have brought the #FeesMustFall campaign to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday .

Student protesters chanted “Zuma must fall” and “Blade must fall” as they thronged to the Union Buildings, where their leaders were set to meet with President Jacob Zuma to convey that there should be no increase in tuition fees in 2016.

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The shouts grew louder as they entered the grounds of the Union Buildings, most of them running, while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

Earlier students departed from the University of Pretoria and marched peacefully down Prospectus and Grosvenor roads, making their way to Union Buildings via Stanza Bopape Street.

The crowd from UP on Friday was much larger than the one that had been gathering and marching on the campus since the beginning of the week.

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On arrival, they met up with other groups that started their marches in other parts of Pretoria.

One of the group that started at Burgers Park in the city centre has also arrived at Union Buildings.

Some are walking around carrying placards and banners, while others were singing.

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Many more students were still on their way, some already exhausted from the heat and the uphill to Government Avenue.

Buses have been arriving at Burgers Park at different times. 

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A group of about 1 000 people were walking around to the main entrance of the Union Buildings. 

A Sotho song which translates: "I have heard great news, they say Blade is leaving...let him leave!" is among the favourite songs the protestors have been singing. 

Bystanders have also started to join in the protest.

ANA, IOL MOJO and Pretoria News

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