CPUT students march to present demands to VC

2016-10-05 16:26
Students on the Bellville campus of CPUT got security guards to join them for their protest march. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Students on the Bellville campus of CPUT got security guards to join them for their protest march. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - About 200 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students marched to the vice chancellor's office on Wednesday with a list of demands, including free tuition.

A student activist said a delegation would present the list to Dr Prins Nevhutalo.

They wanted charges against 78 students dropped, free tuition, no upfront registration fee, and a decolonised syllabus. 

Besides the students and a handful of policemen, the campus in Bellville was deserted. 

The students, some carrying sticks, waited outside the offices, and shouted at a private security company car arriving, to reverse. The driver obliged. 

Student countrywide have been protesting since September 19, when Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities could decide their own fee increases for 2017, but that they had to be capped at 8%.

Poor students and those from families earning less than R600 000 a year would not pay an increase. Students from families above that income bracket would pay an increase.

However, groups of students countrywide are arguing that tertiary education should be completely free.

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