Tight security at Pretoria University ahead of protest

2015-10-19 15:14
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2015-10-19 13:49

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Pretoria - Security has been beefed up at the University of Pretoria's Hatfield campus as the institution braces itself for a student protest.

Guards at the gate interrogated motorists entering the campus without access cards. They then called the people being visited before escorting visitors to the venues.

While some students attended lectures as normal, student leaders were hard at work planning the protest.

Students are not happy with the planned fee increases for 2016. According to the students, the institution plans to increase the registration fees from R5 000 to R7 500 for South African citizens, a 50% increase.

For students from SADC region countries, the registration fee has gone up from R5 000 to R20 000, a 300% increase, while other international students face a whopping 700% hike -  R5 000 to  R40 000.

Pamphlets about a protest planned for Wednesday have been distributed.

A representative of the protestors, who are calling themselves @TuksUprising, said they would not back down.

"We are fighting against the planned increment for registration. We are calling on the university to abolish the current proposal and not to come up with a new one.

"We are currently mobilising students and come Wednesday, there will be mass action," said the representative, who asked to remain anonymous.

University spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer said the university had not received a formal notification of any planned student protest.

"The university is currently in discussions with the Student Representative Council  on fees and related matters. Constructive engagement will continue," she said. 

The planned action follows one at the University of the Witwatersrand that resulted in academic activities being halted. Students there were also protesting against fee hikes.

Students at Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town have also embarked on protests over fees.

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande has called a media briefing to comment on the protests.

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