What you are doing is not right - Tuks protesters tell library students

2015-10-21 12:47
(Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Pretoria - Protesting University of Pretoria students gathered outside the institution's library on Wednesday to call out other students who were studying inside. 

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Security guards sprinted to shut the doors of the library before the crowd of protesters arrived. 

The protesters stomped their feet and sang "lento oyiyenzayo ayilungaganga"(what you are doing is not right) to the students inside the library. 

They then banged on the doors screaming "Bula! Bula!"(Open! Open!)

Naledi Chirwa, who is doing her honours in Drama and is also the national legal and transformation officer of the Economic Freedom Fighters' students' command, told the protesters that they heard the students were coming out. 

The protesters tried to storm an open door, but it was shut quickly by a security guard. 

As the students inside the library left, one, a third year accounting student, told News24 said she was not going to join the protesters. 

'Exams are so close'

"Exams are so close and we need to prepare. The fact that there is a strike isn't going to stop the university from going ahead with exams," she said. 

"I just don't understand why they are taking us out of the library. I feel so scared. If this crowd gets out of control and a stampede breaks out, I might get hurt."

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

The South African Students Congress (Sasco) 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 at Wits University where students protested 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 from various universities had agreed to cap their fee hikes at 6% for 2016. Students, however, were adamant there should be no increase at all. 

Read more on:    university of pretoria  |  sasco  |  blade nzimande  |  pretoria  |  education  |  protests  |  university fees

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