KZN universities on a knife-edge

2015-10-21 13:21
University students protest (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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2015-10-21 09:51

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Durban - The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal has fired a warning shot at universities in the province, saying any inkling of a fee increase would be met head-on.

As a wave of student protests over fees sweeps the country, the province remains on knife-edge.

Students at the Westville campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) were on Wednesday hauled out of lectures by protesters, the first indication that the protest had spread to the province.

The national movement also comes just weeks after UKZN students clashed with police for nearly two weeks over fees.

ANCYL chairperson, Thanduxolo Sabelo, said the youth wing had mobilised students at campuses across the province to picket “in solidarity” with those in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

“We support their struggle," Sabelo said. “Our stance is clear along with our alliance partners – we want 0% and not 6% fee increase. 

“They must know that we will not budge on this. If any university in the province thinks about raising fees, we will meet them on the streets. We are not afraid of them, we will shut them down,” Sabelo added.

He said that the problem rested with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

“This is the issue of the failure of Blade Nzimande to deliver free education which was a resolution of the ANC. For this to stop, Blade must make good on this; there is a crisis in higher education and the minister is the only one who can avert this,” Sabelo said.

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