We are not here to play - UFS student

2016-09-20 17:11
Protesting UFS students (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Protesting UFS students (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein - University of Free State students on Tuesday vowed to continue putting pressure on the government and the institution until their demands for free education were heard. 

"We are going to call for government to commit to free education. This is a struggle that we own and the struggle that belongs to us," Student Representative Council president Lindokuhle Ntuli told hundreds of students. 

Ntuli said their call was directed at the government. They demanded no fee increases and a guarantee that no students would be deregistered.

Ntuli urged students not to destroy campus property during their protests.  

One student in the crowd said it was essential to fight for free education, and not just a 0% fee increase. 

"Blade Nzimande should know that we are not here to play. We should fight for free education," Ntuli said. 

On Monday, Ntuli announced that the campus would be shut down for the entire week.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced on Monday that universities could determine their own fee increments for 2017, but that these should not exceed 8%.

Hundreds of students sang and danced as they disrupted lectures at the university.

Ntuli said they would march to the provincial ANC offices on Thursday.

The university announced on its website that academic and administrative services would resume again on September 26.


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