Nzimande to meet with VC’s as rubber bullets are fired in Grahamstown


Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is reportedly expected to meet with university vice-chancellors about the ongoing student protests tomorrow.

Earlier today, students from the University of Cape Town and Rhodes in Grahamstown took to the streets in protest against the department’s proposed hike in tuition fees for 2016. This follows after students at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) staged a three demonstration last week against a planned 10.5% tariff hike, which will now only be heard next month.

“An approach must be developed in order to come up with a dispensation that takes into account the difficult circumstances facing especially the students who come from poor families, as well as the financial pressures facing the system,” Nzimande was quoted as saying at a press conference on Monday.

It has meanwhile been reported that Grahamstown police had to resort in using rubber bullets after protesting students tried to exist the university grounds, in order to link up with protestors from the East Cape Midlands College.

Security has also reportedly been ramped up at the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus where students are expected to embark on a protest soon. According to News24, many have expressed outrage at the increase in fees from R5 000 to R7 000 for South African students, and ‘n jump from R5 000 to R20 000 for those from the SADC region.

Institutions hardest hit by the proposed increases are UCT (R46 000 to R69 000), University of KwaZulu-Natal (R45 860 to R68 790) and North West University (R40 750 to R61 125).


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