On Monday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities in the country could increase fees for 2017 but they could not exceed 8%. The poor and "missing middle" students would be subsidised. But the students weren't happy -- and on Tuesday, tensions boiled over. This afternoon, police clashed with students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where growing crowds of protesting students threw rocks and bricks at officials.
Some of security have jumped off stairs. Security throwing rocks even though police are trying to help. #FeesMustFall2016 #Wits pic.twitter.com/xNe1bFpvQf — Shandukani Mulaudzi (@ShanduMul) September 20, 2016
Police and students are throwing bricks at each other. I've moved to avoid getting hurt in crossfire. #FeesMustFall2016 #Wits pic.twitter.com/kmd3Ater9s — Shandukani Mulaudzi (@ShanduMul) September 20, 2016
Lecture interrupted. Students cheer when poster reading "SASCO says T-shirts over free education" is presented. @perdebynews #Fees2017 pic.twitter.com/k8qVSGjV6F — Kate Atkinson (@JustKateAtkins) September 20, 2016
At the university of KwaZulu-Natal, students marched through the streets.
Yesterday, YOU spoke to students at UCT after the fee increase announcement