Tyres go up in smoke at NMMU as student presence outside Union Buildings grows

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 23, 2015

Protesting students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have set fire to a stack of a tyres outside main North Campus in Port Elizabeth, amidst ongoing action against the Department of Higher Educations’ proposed six percent fee increases for next year.

Earlier today, the university announced that all classes had been put on-hold till Monday after students blocked all entry and exist routes yesterday while Vice Chancellor, Derrick Swartz, was addressing student leaders on ways to resolve the crisis.

In Pretoria, a large number of students, mostly from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), had gathered outside the Union Building where Vice-Chancellors have been engaging with President Jacob Zuma on how to end the weeklong protest.

According to the latest reports, a reported 20 busses are still ferrying students to the area with some holding placards calling for the axing of embattled Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. In KwaZulu-Natal, an estimated 200 students for the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus have descended on the Provincial Legislature to hand over a second memorandum against the fee hikes.

In Cape Town, UCT students have reportedly started making their way to Parliament while in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was jeered and had to be escorted away after a number of students accused her of “not being here for us”.

 

IMAGE sourced from @lukanyo_  on twitter

 

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