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University of Pretoria students on campus. (Malajik via Twitter)

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Pretoria - Security at the University of Pretoria has started kicking students off campus as the institution braces for a protest.

Students have turned to social media to voice their anger at the decision to lock the institution by 03:00 on Wednesday morning. One of the members of @UPrising who asked not to be named told News24 that they would not be deterred.

“They are already systematically evacuating people. We are not shaken. Even if they kick us out, we will find a way back into campus,” he said.   

“Asijiki. Tomorrow [Wednesday] we are going forward. Students will get what they want which is 0% increase.”

Angry students tweeted that they were registered students and expected their student cards to operate on Wednesday when they go to the university.

The university announced suspension of academic activities ahead of a planned student protest at the institution.

The university sent out a statement informing students of the suspension.

"All academic activities and support services of the University of Pretoria are suspended for Wednesday October 21 2015 to allow for peaceful engagement on key issues affecting the institution. Tests and examinations for the said date have been rescheduled.

"No student will be compromised by these adjustments to the academic programme," the institution said in a statement.

The decision comes as students have vowed to drop text books and take to the streets to protest against fee increments.

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

And for students from SADC region countries, they say, 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.

The country has seen numerous protests as students express dissatisfaction with the fee increments. Students are also calling on government to provide free education in universities.

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