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Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase.
A group of students gathering at the piazza C'mon #Wits pic.twitter.com/EPLbeEAOkS— WitsFeesMustFall (@iamkateko_SA) October 20, 2015
A group of students gathering at the piazza C'mon #Wits pic.twitter.com/EPLbeEAOkS
Government should be announcing plans for the realization of no fee universities #FeesMustFall— EFF Official Account (@EconFreedomZA) October 20, 2015
Government should be announcing plans for the realization of no fee universities #FeesMustFall
Johannesburg - Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on
university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase.
revised increase was agreed on by Higher Education and Training
Minister Blade Nzimande and vice chancellors, ahead of a possible
nationwide protest on Wednesday."We are saying we want zero fee
We don't want this 6% cap they are talking about. We are
continuing with our fight for free education," Sthembiso Ndlovu, the
deputy chair of the South African Students Congress in Gauteng, told
News24 on Tuesday.
#FeesMustFall #RUshutdown pic.twitter.com/Nu8FkVhASu— BabyGirl (@Pali_Motang) October 20, 2015
#FeesMustFall #RUshutdown pic.twitter.com/Nu8FkVhASu
Some moments from earlier on today. Black women are leading this revolution. #UCTFeesMustFall #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/4DlndpVPbf— Rofhiwa Maneta (@RofhiwaManeta) October 20, 2015
Some moments from earlier on today. Black women are leading this revolution. #UCTFeesMustFall #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/4DlndpVPbf
"Blade is Blunt" #FeesMustFall #RhodesShutDown #RhodesFeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/xREJAldJaX— Gemini. (@tebatso_molapo) October 20, 2015
"Blade is Blunt" #FeesMustFall #RhodesShutDown #RhodesFeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/xREJAldJaX
A Rhodes University student put pen to paper about the plight facing
students - and parents - with the looming fees bill at tertiary
Read the open letter, addressed to Higher Education
Minister Blade Nzimande, here. The letter was originally published on
Activate Online, Rhodes University's independent student news source.
The #FeesMustFall call in higher education institutions in our country is one that must be supported by all South Africans. #FreeEducation— ANC Info Feed (@MyANC_) October 20, 2015
The #FeesMustFall call in higher education institutions in our country is one that must be supported by all South Africans. #FreeEducation
#FeesMustFall #Wits Students and SRC leadership say there's no concert on campus tonight. It's a mass study session. GN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 20, 2015
#FeesMustFall #Wits Students and SRC leadership say there's no concert on campus tonight. It's a mass study session. GN
#FeesMustFall #Wits Hundreds of students have also vowed to hold mass study session on campus overnight. GN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 20, 2015
#FeesMustFall #Wits Hundreds of students have also vowed to hold mass study session on campus overnight. GN
Hi minister Blade, this is what students are saying at #Wits... '6% my foot' pic.twitter.com/LYYMfplAB3— Msengikazi (@NandieM) October 20, 2015
Hi minister Blade, this is what students are saying at #Wits... '6% my foot' pic.twitter.com/LYYMfplAB3
University of free State #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/DgyfSlxJzv— Nomsa_Rice (@Norm_Star) October 20, 2015
University of free State #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/DgyfSlxJzv
Situation outside main building #UfsFeesMustFall #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/L6ztbFsxvH— Itumeleng Ntai (@TumiNtai) October 20, 2015
Situation outside main building #UfsFeesMustFall #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/L6ztbFsxvH
Spirits are high at Rhodes ???????? #FeesWillFall #RhodesMIP pic.twitter.com/Je9xCchEYm— Lioness ?. (@_iAreKhensii_) October 20, 2015
Spirits are high at Rhodes ???????? #FeesWillFall #RhodesMIP pic.twitter.com/Je9xCchEYm
Wits has released a statement saying that the university
will be closed until Monday, October 26:
Wits University has over the past few days suspended all
University activities on a day-by-day basis as developments unfolded around the
ongoing student protest.
The University acknowledges that there has been a call
for a national day of solidarity to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, 21 October
2015. Wits also recognises the need to allow time for the necessary
negotiations to take place to resolve the current situation.
In order to ensure the safety and security of our staff
and students, the executive management has decided to suspend all University
activities for the remainder of this week.
This applies to all staff (academic,
professional, support and administrative) and students.
The University encourages students to use this time
productively to prepare for their examinations.
Students are also reminded that any protests that take
place off campus are out of Wits University’s control and that the University
has no influence over how the South African Police Service may deal with
situations that occur in public areas.
At Azania House #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/GxmqB6SgW1— Vandal Savage (@Sindelo_) October 20, 2015
At Azania House #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/GxmqB6SgW1
#FeesMustFall it has been shown that education is the key driver out of poverty. Does it not make sense to have poor people access it.— Lance Peter Claasen (@LanceClaasen) October 20, 2015
#FeesMustFall it has been shown that education is the key driver out of poverty. Does it not make sense to have poor people access it.
Currently at Rhodes University #RhodesFeesMustFall #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/eZkmCnmdY6— Sisanda (@sands_23) October 20, 2015
Currently at Rhodes University #RhodesFeesMustFall #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/eZkmCnmdY6
UCT student, Taki Nkosi, told News 24 that she could barely
afford to pay her 2015 fees.
"Even a 1% increase will financially cripple me even
further. What don't these rich people understand about struggling working class
families trying their damndest to give their kids a decent life?
I asked if there was a comment on the use of police against students. Student rep condemned it, Blade did not respond #FeesMustFall— Rebecca Davis (@becsplanb) October 20, 2015
I asked if there was a comment on the use of police against students. Student rep condemned it, Blade did not respond #FeesMustFall
UCT students say 6% is way too much for an increase and that Nzimande must be crazy.
They say they have heard that UWC is joining the protest tomorrow (Wednesday). And they say they want the minutes of Nzimande's meeting today and what UCT said there.
I convened a meeting of stakeholders in Cape Town - Nzimande
Trade union reps, student union reps and vice chancellors were present.
Scheduled protest at Rhodes was called off this morning,
allegedly due to safety reasons. Students however gathered peacefully on the
corner of Somerset Street and Prince Alfred Roads (where the main blockade has
been erected), to paint and prepare posters for Wednesday’s nationwide fees
According to psychology student Carmen le Roux, a group
of singing students from Midlands College came up High street and joined the
students at the blockade and a large protest dance was ignited (as shown in the
video), though entirely peaceful.
“As soon as the crowd grew and the singing began, you
could immediately feel a police presence,” le Roux added.
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