Student protests won't just go away - Max Price's son

2015-10-22 14:55
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Cape Town - Protests by students across the country against high university fees were a phenomena that would not simply go away, the son of University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Max Price said on Thursday.

Ilan Price, one of 29 protesters arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday in the ongoing protests, told journalists outside the Cape Town Magistrate's Court after he and the other protesters had been released on a warning: "This is not going to be a problem that is going to go away".

He emphasised that the protests were not about him.

Price and 22 others were arrested on the UCT campus during protests on Tuesday, while six others were arrested outside Parliament on Wednesday after protesters forced their way onto the Parliament precinct during a sitting which was taking place for Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's mid-term budget speech.

Police dressed in riot gear used stun grenades to force the students back through the two gates, in scenes broadcast live on South African television.

'Amandla'

Justin Davy, one of the 29 released, shouted "Amandla" as he left the court, while another, Adrian Bunge, was swamped after his court appearance.

Finance student Nathan Taylor, one of those arrested, said: "I am against financial exclusion."

Fellow arrestee Aaron Vardi said: "This is my city. This is my struggle. I was non-violent."

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) public management student Mfundo Zokufa, 21, said he was going back to protest following his arrest.

Fresh from the holding cell, Frank Chikane's son Kgosi said they still wanted fees to fall.

"We'll continue fighting until that's a reality," he said.

'Fees must fall'

Chumani Maxwele, also released from custody, thanked lawyers for acting pro bono for those arrested through the night.

"We still believe that this is our government and they will listen to our demands because this is a government of the people," he said.

"We have one demand, that fees must fall. And when the people are making a call, the minister of education must listen."

The group insisted that would continue fighting for fees to fall.

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.

Demonstrations later spread to Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University, UCT, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of Pretoria, the University of the Free State, the University of Limpopo, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Tshwane University of Technology, including its campus in Mbombela, CPUT, and the University of Fort Hare.

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