ANCYL welcomes battle against 'ridiculous' Rhodes University fees

2015-10-19 13:46
Entrances to Rhodes University blocked off by students (SAPS, Twitter)

Entrances to Rhodes University blocked off by students (SAPS, Twitter)

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2015-10-19 12:27

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Durban - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Eastern Cape has come out in support of protest action by students at Rhodes University which forced the suspension of the academic programme on Monday.

A group of protesters is picketing over the payment of the minimum initial payment (MIP), a 50% lump sum of their total annual tuition fee, which for a full time students amounts to more than R40 000.

Eastern Cape ANCYL spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa described the Rhodes MIP as "ridiculous".

In a statement he said the league, "supports the struggles of students at Rhodes University to curb ridiculous fees. This proposed fee increase will further undermine democratic reforms by South African government aimed at bringing human dignity, equality and social justice".

"Rhodes University has been and continues to be the special preserve of children from wealthy backgrounds. As is already the case, students and prospective students from the working class and the poor will kiss goodbye any prospect of enrolling at Rhodes University," Lungisa said.

"The ANCYL in the province of Eastern Cape is with the students of Rhodes University and any other university that is engaged in action to call for moratorium in fee increases."

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