'Union Buildings!' - Tuks protesters chant

2015-10-22 15:09

Pretoria - Some protesting University of Pretoria students turned their attention to the Union Buildings as they made their way through the city's streets on Thursday.

The large group chanted "Union Buildings" as they effectively shut down Church street.

Other protesters, however, maintained that students should only march to the Union Buildings on Friday.

Earlier, some had sat in the middle of intersections, causing traffic to build up. Some motorists hooted in solidarity.

Meanwhile, in Johannesburg, there was confusion over a march to the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters, with University of Johannesburg students waiting for their colleagues from the University of the Witwatersrand, who did not want to join the action.

The UJ students eventually turned back to protest outside their own institution.

On Wednesday afternoon, a nationwide protest by students against increased fees came to a head when protesters stormed the Parliament precinct while Finance Minister Nonhlanhla Nene was delivered his mid-term budget.

The protesters clashed with police, who eventually used stun grenades to force them back out.

Several protesters were also arrested, including the sons of UCT vice chancellor Max Price and ANC stalwart Frank Chikane.

Twenty nine protesters, most of them university students, were released on a warning on Thursday and their case postponed to February next year.

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

Read more on:    university of pretoria  |  uct  |  anc  |  frank chikane  |  pretoria  |  education  |  protests  |  university fees

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