'My child cannot live uneducated'

2015-10-21 12:59
(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Johannesburg - Protesting University of the Witwatersrand students sat on the floor of the institution's Senate House on Wednesday morning to listen to a political lecture.

Other protest activity was minimal in the morning, but the main protest was expected to continue in the afternoon. 

Buyisiwe Majola, president of the African Education Governors Association of SA, told the students that no continent in the world was rich like Africa. Africa had resources, she said, adding that it was time to "say 'no' to uneducated generations".

She said it was difficult for her to be quiet because "never and never again should African people suffer like they did". 

"I call upon all households and request their solidarity... because my child cannot live uneducated because of the 6%."

On Tuesday night students occupied Senate House for a mass study session. 

Nationwide mass action

Wits Student Representative Council's incoming secretary general, Fasiha Hassan, said earlier that their plan was to eat breakfast, attend a political lecture and then embark on their protest. 

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

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

The protest began last week Wednesday with Wits students protesting against a proposed 10.5% fee hike for 2016. Other institutions joined in this week. 

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

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