UCT, Wits, CPUT and UWC closed - #FeesMustFall protest as it happened

2016-10-05 15:30

In the wake of forced university shut-downs in the face of renewed unrest over rising fees, it has been reported that UCT, Wits, CPUT and UWC are among the tertiary institutions that have decided to close their doors until next week.

Are you on campus? Send us your eyewitness accounts. If you missed the news yesterday [Tuesday] catch up here.

A group of protesting UCT students

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05 Oct 16:25
Protesting CPUT students in Bellville, Cape Town, have left the shuttered administration block after a meeting with the Vice Chancellor apparently collapsed, says News24's reporter on the scene. 

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#CPUT Bellville 

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News24 readers weigh in: 

#FeesMustFall: 'Students have lost the plot' 

I have no feeling or sympathy for those hooligans camouflaged as students. If these are the future leaders of SA, God help not only me but our kids. SAPS must do what is expected from them and they have my support in maintaining law and order.

 - Mr A 

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UCT closed for the rest of the week 

UCT will be closed for the remainder of the week, the institution announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

The decision was made by the university executive. 

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#CPUT Bellville 

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#FeesMustFall: Telling infographic shows SA's grim situation 

KPMG’s latest thought leadership report highlighted a number of challenges, which need to be taken into account if a fully public-funded tertiary education model in South Africa can be implemented. 

These are:

- There has been a sharp increase in tertiary education fees recently. Data from Statistics South Africa indicates that tertiary education costs an average of 9% per year more during 2009 to 2015 – resulting in a cumulative increase of 80% since 2008. This is significantly higher than the average headline inflation rate of 5.5% per year and a cumulative inflation rate of 45% of the period. 

- The reasons behind a significant rise in tuition are associated with exchange rate weakness inflating the cost of imported textbooks, equipment, software, etc. and a decline in private income earned by universities that needs to be recouped from students. 

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Students drumming up support at CPUT Bellville.

(Jenni Evans/News24) 

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WATCH: How much does a degree cost at a top SA university? 

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My heart is broken by those who want lectures to continue - Wits student

Mixo Machebe, a 24-year-old Wits humanities student, said his heart has been broken by students who want to return to lectures. 

Machebe, who says he is facing financial exclusion, was sitting on the steps of the Great Hall on Wednesday wearing a bright yellow reflective jacket and navy blue pants with a tear on the seat. His toes had pierced their way through his Lacoste sneakers.

However, Machebe said he hopes the situation for people like him is resolved soon so he can go back to class."I am not failing. If you had to see my academic transcript is clean. I got distinctions and I also want to return to class, but we need free education," he told News24. 

"Those students who want classes to resume are not seeing the bigger picture."He said students who were marching on Wednesday to "Take Wits Back" were selfish and did not know what the "black child" was going through.

"Wake up black child," he said.

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Announcement from UCT:

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Classes at UWC, CPUT suspended as shutdown continues 

Classes were suspended at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Wednesday morning, as protesting students continued their shutdown of various campuses. 

In the early hours of the morning, human faeces were dumped in the security office of CPUT’s Bellville campus. 

"The security office is required to be accessible to all students who may need assistance, so it is unfortunate that protesters targeted a space that innocent students may need to access," it said in a statement. 

05 Oct 12:50

PICS: Powerful scenes from the #FeesMustFall student protests 

A student at Wits offers flowers to anti-riot policemen during a running battle with the police forces on campus during a mass demonstration. (Marco Longari, AFP) 

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#FeesMustFall: Telling infographic shows SA's grim situation 

It’s unlikely that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will raise taxes next year to fund the R2.5bn required for a 0%-increase in tuition fees for 2017, said KPMG economist Christie Viljoen. 

In Gordhan’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, which is to be delivered on 25 October, he will announce plans for financing zero fee increases for up to 80% of students, which could amount to R2.5bn, according to an initial estimate by universities.

The mooted amount, Viljoen told Fin24, represents about 0.25% of the R1trn total budget, which Gordhan will probably get from government savings, such as on travel and subsistence costs, entertainment and monies recovered from wasteful and irregular expenditure. 

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#WITS Student leader Busisiwe Seabe addresses students gathered at Senate House (dubbed Solomon House) about their POA for the day. 

(News24 reporter) 

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#CPUT Bellville 

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WATCH: NMMU students united in their call to reopen the university

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LIVE from #UCT 

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LIVE from #UCT 

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