AS IT HAPPENED: #FeesMustFall – Heavy police presence at CPUT, Wits campus subdued

2016-10-11 15:00

Resurgent student protests at Wits have been brought under control by police for the time being, while at CPUT's Cape Town campus the police presence has intensified after a vehicle was set on fire.

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has told protesting students to return to lectures, while solutions to their demands for free education are being sought.

He had established a task team of ministers who would try to ensure tertiary institutions returned to normal operations, he said in a statement on Tuesday.


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Johannesburg - Two Wits University students’ dreams of helping their families may not come true this year, should protests to demand free tuition continue. 

"I'm really worried about my future. Next year should have been my first year of articles, and I am studying with a scholarship. If I don't graduate this year, my family will not have a solid income for another year," the B.Com student, who asked not to be identified, said on Tuesday.


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Students and youth are reasserting their new identities 

Countrywide we see a challenge to inherited power and privilege by students. 

These students face exclusion in multiple ways both through the historical legacy of apartheid and the policies of a craven and corrupt current political class. The legacy of apartheid remains embedded in society and our institutions, many of which remain untransformed. 

These institutions systematically or socially exclude people of colour. On the other hand the current political class callously disregards the struggles of the poor in their quest for corrupt accumulation or via incompetent leadership. 

It is because education is both a right and imperative that we have a reflexive empathy with the plight of students and solidarity with their demands – or at least with most of their demands. 

Many of us are shocked and disturbed by the images that we have seen in the media – both of private security and police brutality, but also of student violence and gratuitous destruction of property. 


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UFS calm as education suspended after protests 

The University of Free State was calm on Tuesday morning after it suspended all academic work following violent disruptions. 

No work would take place on all three campuses on Wednesday and Thursday, it said in a statement on its website. 

"The suspension of all academic activities on the campuses will ensure time for the university management to engage with stakeholders in order to find a solution to the crisis," UFS spokesperson Lacea Loader said. 

She said should a resolution not be reached, all UFS campuses would be closed until further notice. 


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Police fire rubber bullets at rock-throwing Wits students 

Police opened fire with rubber bullets on rock-throwing Wits University students on Tuesday afternoon outside the institution's Great Hall.  

Students gathered at the foot of the steps to the building and lobbed projectiles at the security guards who formed a human chain at the doors.  


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