#FeesMustFall timeline: Where are we now?

2015-10-26 13:40

Cape Town - The past seven days have been some of the busiest in South Africa's newsrooms, and with so much to digest in the space of a week, some interesting titbits of information may have passed unnoticed.

We recap the important events of the last week, as they developed, and find out where the #FeesMustFall protest is heading...

Monday, Oct 19

- Students from Wits University, UCT and Rhodes University barricade the entrances to their respective universities.

- The three universities suspend lectures for the day. Wits students occupy Senate House and take protests into Jo'burg traffic late Monday, after the Vice Chancellor fails to meet with them.

- Minister for Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande claims the fees protest is not a crisis.

Tuesday, Oct 20

- Protests intensify, with students from Fort Hare, CPUT and Stellenbosch joining Wits, UCT and Rhodes, with #FeesMustFall trending worldwide.

- Protesting students reject a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and demand a 0% increase.

- UCT students are met with force by police. Stun grenades are used to disperse students occupying the admin building.

Wednesday, Oct 21

- The nationwide protest reaches a tipping point. Protests continue in all major cities, with Durban and Pretoria campuses joining in.

- Thousands descend on Parliament in Cape Town. Students force their way through Parliament's gates.

- Six are arrested and charged on Thursday, while police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

Thursday, Oct 22

- Campuses remain closed across the country.

- Thousands of students in Jo'burg march to ANC headquarters Luthuli House to deliver demands. Pictures

- UWC students are met with force by police outside the campus in Bellville, Cape Town.

Friday, Oct 23

- Universities take measures to postpone exams provisionally. Nationwide protests continue.

- Students in Pretoria march to the Union Buildings. President Jacob Zuma is locked in a four-hour negotiation with stakeholders including student leaders.

- Zuma announces a 0% fee increase for 2016 late afternoon.

- Protests turn violent in Pretoria and Cape Town following the president's announcement.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct 24,/25

- Wits students declare their intent to continue protesting into the new week.

- Students still demanding free education as opposed to a 0% fee increase, as well as separate issues including the outsourcing of labour on campuses.

Monday, Oct 26

- Campuses around the country are divided over reopening. Most major exams will recommence on November 2.

- Students at Wits University, TUT, UKZN and UCT are due to continue protesting for free education, as well as the outsourcing of labour.

- Afriforum plans to march to the Union Buildings to voice their disapproval against the 0% fee increase.

- Minister Blade Nzimande and MPs are set to debate the funding crisis in Parliament this week.

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