Students reject 6% cap, Wits remains closed for the week - As it happened

2015-10-20 16:44

Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase.

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20 Oct 19:00
EFF says: “In addition we know for a fact that white monopoly capital is engaged in illicit financial flows that cost the South African revenue base an estimate of R385 billion, according to the Joint African Union and United Nations Economic Commission High Level Panel Report on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa led by Thabo Mbeki. Nene should therefore also announce plans on how to recover this tax which is being stolen by multinationals in our country so as to avail some of it for free education.”

20 Oct 18:57
In the statement EFF says: "It [government] should ask universities how much is the cost of fees for all students and provide the money for all academically deserving students. At the moment universities are estimating that student fees contribute R20 billion to their funding needs. This means that if government provides this funding, universities will not charge any fees for next year."

20 Oct 18:56
EFF says that "Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande has gone ahead and spoken to managers without consulting the student movement that has put our universities into standstill. His decision to negotiate with universities without students on the table is not only undemocratic but it undermines their voice as a community".

20 Oct 18:55
EFF has released a statement saying that they rejects the proposed 6% cap on university fee increment.

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20 Oct 18:48
In case you missed it: Protesting UCT students tell Mmusi Maimane to leave.

20 Oct 18:44

Johannesburg - Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase.

The revised increase was agreed on by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and vice chancellors, ahead of a possible nationwide protest on Wednesday."We are saying we want zero fee increases.

We don't want this 6% cap they are talking about. We are continuing with our fight for free education," Sthembiso Ndlovu, the deputy chair of the South African Students Congress in Gauteng, told News24 on Tuesday.

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Rhodes students protesting on campus. Images supplied by: Zindzi and Zintle Nkunzi

20 Oct 18:20

A Rhodes University student put pen to paper about the plight facing students - and parents - with the looming fees bill at tertiary institutions.

Read the open letter, addressed to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, here. The letter was originally published on Activate Online, Rhodes University's independent student news source.

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Earlier: Acting UCT Vice Chancellor Francis Petersen has addressed the matters of fees, the court interdict and safety and security on the second day of protest action at the university.

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If you were one of the middle class people watching the student revolt on television and mumbled something like “bloody idiot, go to class and make something of yourself” then I urge you to think again, writes Max du Preez

20 Oct 17:58
Wits student protest: What you need to know

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More images from the University of the Free State.

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Protesting continues at Rhodes University.

20 Oct 17:22

Wits has released a statement saying that the university will be closed until Monday, October 26:

Wits University has over the past few days suspended all University activities on a day-by-day basis as developments unfolded around the ongoing student protest.

The University acknowledges that there has been a call for a national day of solidarity to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Wits also recognises the need to allow time for the necessary negotiations to take place to resolve the current situation. In order to ensure the safety and security of our staff and students, the executive management has decided to suspend all University activities for the remainder of this week.

This applies to all staff (academic, professional, support and administrative) and students. The University encourages students to use this time productively to prepare for their examinations.

Students are also reminded that any protests that take place off campus are out of Wits University’s control and that the University has no influence over how the South African Police Service may deal with situations that occur in public areas.

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Rhodes student protest: What you need to know

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Nkosi said: "I am the first person in my family to go to university. I will not allow the privileged to take away my opportunity to graduate."

20 Oct 17:06

UCT student, Taki Nkosi, told News 24 that she could barely afford to pay her 2015 fees.

"Even a 1% increase will financially cripple me even further. What don't these rich people understand about struggling working class families trying their damndest to give their kids a decent life?

20 Oct 17:04
At the University of Fort Hare: Students have reportedly moved away from the admin block and are now gathering at the entrance of the campus.

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20 Oct 16:47
Nzimande says President Jacob Zuma expressed relief that there was some light at the end of the tunnel.

20 Oct 16:47
UCT must become a decolonised, public African university, say protesters.

20 Oct 16:46
UCT student Athabile Nonxuba says if Nzimande and company are still telling protesting students about 6% tomorrow, they need to start from scratch. He says they have two demands - fees must fall and no more outsourcing (of workers). And if they can't manage these two, "where is the prison".

20 Oct 16:42

UCT students say 6% is way too much for an increase and that Nzimande must be crazy.

They say they have heard that UWC is joining the protest tomorrow (Wednesday). And they say they want the minutes of Nzimande's meeting today and what UCT said there.

20 Oct 16:40
Habib: Our urgent necessity is to get academic programme back on track.

20 Oct 16:38
Habib: It is possible that students will reject 6% increase, but then we must engage.

20 Oct 16:35
In Cape Town, 21 of the 23 detained UCT protesters have been released. Just two more to go.

20 Oct 16:31
Sthembiso Ndlovu, deputy chairperson of Sasco in Gauteng: "We are saying we want zero fee increases. We don't want this 6% cap they are talking about. We are continuing with our fight for free education."

20 Oct 16:29
Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib says the 6% cap is for 2016. For 2017 they will look at a sustainable model going forward.

20 Oct 16:17
University management must now encourage the immediate resumption of academic programmes - Nzimande

20 Oct 16:16
Nzimande: Respect right to protest but we condemn the shutdown of universities. 

20 Oct 16:15
Stakeholders recognise right to protest - Nzimande

20 Oct 16:14
Nzimande confirms that university fee hikes will be capped at 6%.

20 Oct 16:12

I convened a meeting of stakeholders in Cape Town - Nzimande

Trade union reps, student union reps and vice chancellors were present. 

20 Oct 16:11
Minister Nzimande starts addressing the media. He's flanked by university vice chancellors.

20 Oct 16:08

Scheduled protest at Rhodes was called off this morning, allegedly due to safety reasons. Students however gathered peacefully on the corner of Somerset Street and Prince Alfred Roads (where the main blockade has been erected), to paint and prepare posters for Wednesday’s nationwide fees protest.  

According to psychology student Carmen le Roux, a group of singing students from Midlands College came up High street and joined the students at the blockade and a large protest dance was ignited (as shown in the video), though entirely peaceful.  

“As soon as the crowd grew and the singing began, you could immediately feel a police presence,” le Roux added.      

20 Oct 15:59
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is set to do a statement to media now. Watch this space.

20 Oct 15:58
Some UCT protesters are heading back from Main Road, Rondebosch, to the local police station where 23 of their comardes are set to be released from police custidy.

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