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Progressive Youth Alliance calls on students to return to class

Leaders of various groups have all gathered at Luthuli House calling for an end to student protests.

Students, cleaners and security guards protested outside Unisa's Pretoria campus on Wednesday, they are calling for an end to outsourcing. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – The Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) has called on all students to return to lectures. 

Some universities across the country have been pressing ahead with 2016 registrations in the face of another wave of protests. 

Despite President Jacob Zuma announcing a zero fee increment for this year students have promised to continue with their campaign for free education. 

WATCH: SRC leaders outline demands for #FeesMustFall in 2016.  


The leaders of the ANC Youth League, the Young Communist League of South Africa and Sasco have all gathered at Luthuli House calling for an end to student protests. 

They say government has already addressed the needs of students and that free education cannot be achieved overnight. 

Sasco president Thabo Maloja has criticised the #FeesMustFall protests, calling it a ‘newly found populous pass time’.

The PYA says it will continue to condemn any actions which undermine the legitimacy of student movements. 

Meanwhile, after threats of a municipal election boycott by some students if their demands for free education are not met, the PYA has warned that any movement attempting to disrupt the polls will have it to answer to.

ANC Youth League President Collen Maine says the organisation is aware of threats that students will disrupt the local government elections. 

He says any attempt to boycott elections would be counter revolutionary and spearheaded by opposition parties. 

GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS #FEESMUSTFALL PROTESTS AS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE

Meanwhile, while government says it's committed to providing tertiary education to all who are academically deserving, it says disruptions and unreasonable demands are counter-productive to this goal. 

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe was speaking in Pretoria today on the outcome of a special cabinet briefing. 

The meeting was called to discuss the state of the economy and budget-related issues. 

Radebe says Cabinet has called on students, academics and university administrators to work with government to help provide tertiary education to all those who academically deserving. 

The minister criticised those not working towards this goal.

“Actions that disrupt learning or create unreasonable expectations are counter-productive. Violence and intimidation are not acceptable.”

Government has announced nearly R7 billion additional finding for higher education this year.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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