DA students demonstrate outside Blade's offices

2015-10-21 12:03

Pretoria - Members of the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) gathered outside the department of higher education's offices in Pretoria on Wednesday in solidarity with protesting students around the country.

Dressed in their blue Democratic Alliance T-shirts, the group of about 50 danced, sang struggle songs and praised the party's leader, Mmusi Maimane.

The group also carried placards reading #BladeMustFall.

Two police vehicles were present at the building and a few police officers monitored the situation.

The demonstrators kept to the pavement and there were no disruptions to traffic.

The demonstrators were expecting to be addressed by DA MP Yusuf Cassim and DASO Student Representative Council presidents from the University of Pretoria, Kwena Moloto, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Hlomela Bucwa, and University of Fort Hare, Busisiwe Mashiqa.

University students across the country protested against tuition fee increases on Wednesday.

The South African Students Congress called on all students to embark on a nationwide mass action against fee increments until their demands were met.

The protest began last week Wednesday, with students from the University of the Witwatersrand protesting against a proposed 10.5% fee hike for 2016. Other institutions joined in the protests this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that vice chancellors from various universities had agreed to cap their fee hikes at 6% for 2016. Students, however, remain adamant that there should be no increase at all.

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