Students boo Blade Nzimande

2015-10-21 16:26
(Jenni Evans, News24)

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WATCH: Protesters chant 'Blade must fall' as Nzimande tries to address crowd

2015-10-21 16:39

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has come out to address protesters at Parliament.WATCH

Cape Town - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is about to address an angry mob of students outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

Students are chanting: "zero, zero, zero" in response to the proposed 6% hike in fees for 2016. Students want zero increases on tuition fees.

News24 reporter on the scene Jenna Etheridge said one of the students asked why Nzimande was smiling in the face of the thousands of students who had gathered to hear him speak. Earlier, students broke through the gates of Parliament, protesting on the door stop of the National Assembly, calling for Nzimande to address them.

Etheridge said while Nzimande addressed the students with 'amandla', students were unimpressed, not wanting him to use the struggle slogan.

Nzimande was booed as he tried to address the crowd, while students continued to chant "zero, zero, zero" as they made zero gestures with their hands.

News24 reporter Thulani Gqirana said someone threw a five litre water bottle at Nzimande.

Students nationwide are protesting proposed fee hikes for 2016.

Read more on:    blade nzimande  |  cape town  |  university fees  |  protests  |  parliament 2015

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