We need better direction from our leaders - Wits students

2015-10-22 12:30
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GALLERY: Wits, UJ students unite in #FeesMustFall protest

Students at Wits University and the University of Johannesburg joined forces in the #FeesMustFall protest on Thursday. See the pictures here.

Johannesburg - Protesting University of the Witwatersrand students have complained to their leaders of a lack of direction in their planned action for Thursday. 

Student leaders told a handful of protesters gathered at the university's Senate House that they would not be marching to the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House. The students however demanded to go there. 

Wits students have been protesting since last week Wednesday against a proposed 10.5% fee hike for 2016. Other institutions joined in this week. 

A group of protesters from the University of Johannesburg marched from its Kingsway campus before heading to Wits. 

After arriving at the Wits entrance in Braamfontein, student leaders from both institutions met and apparently discussed waiting for the Wits students.

A group of UJ students did not want to wait and wanted to carry on with the march to Luthuli House, while others were unsure of what to do next. 

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

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

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

Several protesters were arrested, including the sons of UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price and ANC stalwart Frank Chikane.

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