Tuks vice chancellor accepts memorandum

2015-10-21 13:24
University of Pretoria vice-chancellor Cheryl de la Rey accepts a memorandum of demands by protesting students. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

University of Pretoria vice-chancellor Cheryl de la Rey accepts a memorandum of demands by protesting students. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - The vice chancellor of the University of Pretoria was handed a memorandum of demands by protesting students on Wednesday.

As Cheryl de la Rey made her way outside the administration building, she was greeted by a wave of boos from the crowd.

Some sang: "Lento oyiyenzayo ayilunganga"(what you are doing is wrong).

They earlier chanted "Phantsi ngo De la Rey, Phantsi"(Down with De la Rey, Down).

Some of the demands in the memorandum included free education, a 0% fee increment, that students participating in the protest must not be victimised by the university and its affiliates and that provision must be made for a protesting students to catch up on academic activities that were disrupted, among other demands.

University students across the country were on Wednesday protesting against tuition fee increases.

The South African Students Congress called on all students to embark on a nationwide mass action against fee increments until their demands were met.

The protest began last week Wednesday began with Wits students protesting against a proposed 10.5% fee hike for 2016. Other institutions joined in this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that vice chancellors had agreed to cap their fee hikes at 6% for 2016. Students however were adamant that there should be no increase at all.

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