#FeesMustFall sparks national debate over systematic exclusion
Inequality is a trending topic around the #FeesMustCall campaign at Rhodes, UCT & Wits University.
JOHANNESBURG - While South African students rally against rising tuition fees across the country, the hashtag #FeesMustFall has unravelled further debate around persisting inequalities in the country.
Three of South Africa's largest higher learning institutions have been shut down due to protests against tuition fee increases, with community members and university staff rallying behind the movement.
WATCH: #FEESMUSTFALL: UCT STUDENTS PROTEST
#FeesMustFall Rhodes says it seems unlikely that the protest will end by tomorrow and has instructed staff to abandon lectures and tests. EC— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 19, 2015
Referring to the unaffordability of fees, critics say the proposed increase is exemplary of how the higher education system discriminates against and excludes poor students.
@SakinaKamwendo high university fees is systematic exclusion of black poor student.— Black Boy gold (@SamMcoseli) October 19, 2015
The continued unequal representation of women has also been highlighted.
This is another issue that needs attention. Things like "won't be told by a woman" must also fall with fees https://t.co/VJhdXDT4ww— Yusuf Peer (@YusufPeer1) October 19, 2015
Comic Loysio Gola is among some who have been slammed for their opinion on the campaign.
Right. Because a R400 pair of jeans means you can pay R80 000 for school. Your logic is almost as bad as your jokes. https://t.co/K9imbjrdcF— Angela BaeVis* (@PearlPillay) October 19, 2015
What all of these protests are also showing is how appallingly many understand how poverty and inequality *looks at Loyiso Gola*— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) October 19, 2015
This is stupid a question even for you Trevor. Bizarre an utterance. How do poor kids now something is expensive? https://t.co/39MgprEHu0— Bo Mbindwane (@mbindwane) October 18, 2015
Meanwile, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says he will be meeting with all university stakeholders on Tuesday, to discuss fee increases.
WATCH: Most classes were cancelled last week as students at the University of the Witwatersrand protested for a third consecutive day over proposed tuition fee increases for 2016.