Scenes of chaos at universities across SA

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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.

At University of the Free State (UFS) students were singing and dancing in protest.
At University of Pretoria (UP), lecturers attempted to conduct classes as normal, but protests seem to be escalating.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth urged staff and students to stay off all campuses, while students blocked the south and north campuses in Summerstrand, burning tyres and singing struggle songs while calling for unity, News24 reports.
UCT student protesters made their way through empty lecture halls at the institution on Tuesday morning after the university decided to suspend classes.
At Stellenbosch University, the fire alarm sounded several times to get students to evacuate the building.

At the university of KwaZulu-Natal, students marched through the streets.

Yesterday, YOU spoke to students at UCT after the fee increase announcement

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