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#FeesMustFall grows as more tertiary institutions join protests
More tertiary institutions are at a standstill due to nationwide protests about fee hikes.
CAPE TOWN – The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Student Representative Council (SRC) has pledged its support for protesting students across the country who against fee increases planned for next year.
The so-called #FeesMustFall Campaign spread from Wits University in Johannesburg to UCT, Rhodes and now Fort Hare and even Stellenbosch. Cape Peninsula University of Technology students have also joined the #FeesMustFall protests. LISTEN: Imbalanced history of SA warrants student demonstration. (Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)
The university's management says it’s in talks with student leaders over the issue.
A number of tertiary institutions have been brought to a standstill due to nationwide protests.
SRC Secretary General Baxolile Ndada says they'll be leading a demonstration on Friday.
“The biggest challenge is us holding government to account to ask what investment they are putting towards education, secondly what role the universities play to ensure fees don’t increase to that level as part of their social responsibility as well.”
They have gathered in numbers at the Cape Town institution.
At the same time, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has urged its students to continue attending classes despite the mass action which has seen the suspension of lectures at a number of campuses.
The university's management met this morning to discuss the campaign and says they will continue negotiations with the SRC.
Talks are currently underway to determine the amount by which university fees will increase.
TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said, “TUT urged students to remain calm and continue with their academic activities. There are negotiations between management and SRC for student fees for 2016 however no decision has been made yet.”
Fort Hare University students have threatened to make the institution ungovernable as they join a national mass action against proposed fee hikes.
The SRC claims it's been calling for meetings with management since September but to no avail.
SRC representative Sithenkosi Lungisa says last year there was a fee increase of 10-15 percent and next year could see a similar increase.
“The meeting was supposed to sit in September it has been postponed 3 times. They postponed it yesterday to say the meeting must sit on Wednesday but we've made a call that we will run this university ungovernable if we do not have the meeting today.”
The so-called #FeesMustFall Campaign spread from Wits University in Johannesburg to UCT, Rhodes and now Fort Hare and even Stellenbosch.
Cape Peninsula University of Technology students have also joined the #FeesMustFall protests.
LISTEN: Imbalanced history of SA warrants student demonstration.
(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)