Cape Town students gather at Parliament

2015-10-23 13:41
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CAPE TOWN: Students gather after facing stun grenades, water cannons (pics)

After a night of facing stun grenades and water cannons, students at the University of the Western Cape are joining University of Cape Town students in protest.

Cape Town - Cape Town students are starting to gather at Parliament, says News24 reporter Jenni Evans, as part of a national protest against an increase in tuition fees.

She said only a few groups of students had gathered so far. Police vans were arriving and at least nine were parked inside the Parliamentary precinct. Among them were also units from the Western Cape Public Order Police (POP), Southern Cape rural POP and the flying squad.

"Eleven police vans, engines idling, are lined up outside Parliament. A small group from Right2Know are writing posters on the pavement. A handful of policeman are milling around. The visitor's centre is shut."

The demonstrations were sparked last week by Wits University students, who blockaded the entrance to the Johannesburg university's campus after the institution indicated it would raise fees by 10.5% for 2016.

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