Cape Town - Tertiary education, like healthcare, is a basic service which should be free and not commodified, a UCT student activist said on Monday.“We will not accept anything else,” Masixole Mlandu said shortly after Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement that universities could increase fees for 2017, but not by more than 8%.“By the end of the year, we want the call for free education to be realised. Education is part of basic services, like land and water, which today our people have to buy.“That idea of commodifying necessities comes from the capitalist white supremacist society, which says only a certain few should have the right to access such spaces.”Masixole Mlandu: we demand free, black-centred education. Talks of fee increments dont talk to us. #UCT pic.twitter.com/GXCDzuTHTh— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) September 19, 2016Following Nzimande’s announcement, UCT vice chancellor Max Price said the institution would hold talks with those affected, including the SRC, to prepare recommendations for council regarding fees and financial aid for 2017.Mlandu warned that UCT would remain shut until students’ demands were met.Khululwa Mthi, #UCT SRC candidate, says they reject Blade "our dear father" Nzimande's 8% fee cap. Students applaud. pic.twitter.com/GC1pFrNSHO— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) September 19, 2016On Monday, student leaders reiterated their call for the university to reinstate students who had been suspended, interdicted, or expelled following protests against fee increases.They repeated a previous demand for a “Shackville” Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be held within the year.In February, students erected a shack on UCT’s upper campus, as a symbol of the struggle for student housing and against financial exclusion. The university’s security guards demolished the shack.On Monday, a group of students made their way to UCT residences to mobilise others to attend a meeting at the Jameson Hall. Protesters referred to it as the Marikana Memorial Hall.Students pack into Jameson Hall on upper campus, #UCT, for the mass meeting. #FeesMustFall2016 pic.twitter.com/JwM0J5Yzdh— Tina Hsu (@ImTinaHsu) September 19, 2016There they discussed their demands. For workers, these included a minimum wage of R12 500 per month, whether they were insourced or not, and protection against victimisation for participating in protests.Students called for an admissions policy that prioritised black applicants and for statues and plaques “celebrating white supremacists” to be removed.Peaceful mobilization on campus #FeesMustFall2016 at #UCT pic.twitter.com/Qg8pqG3jYM— Tina Hsu (@ImTinaHsu) September 19, 2016Lecturer Lwazi Lushaba called for tertiary education that did not alienate black students from their people, culture, and language.“We can’t depend on white academics to give us decolonised education,” he said to thunderous applause.Another student meeting was expected to take place on campus on Monday night.