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Wits students protest over tuition fee increase

Wits University has proposed an increase of 10.5 percent in tuition fees for 2016.

Student protest on Wednesday 14 October 2015 after Wits University proposed an increase of 10.5 percent in tuition fees for 2016. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University students are protesting over proposed increased in tuition fees for next year.

The institution has proposed an increase of 10.5 percent.

This morning, most gates leading into the campus were closed which resulted in huge traffic delays.

University spokesperson Shirona Patel says the demonstration was only expected to start at noon.

"The students, in line with the Rhodes Must Fall movement are planning the protests this morning. They notified us that they'd be protesting from 12pm to 2pm. However, having monitored social media, we've also seen that they've invited external people to come onto campus and join this protest and to disrupt lectures."

STUDENT REACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Every black student at SA universities is completely justified in taking back their country; in claiming it as their inheritance. #WitsFees

The fact that the fee increase isn't a burden to you shouldn't prevent you from recognising its impact on others. #WitsFees

CC: @enca " @ThisIsPalo: Police told me he is going to smash my phone. Lol! #ShutDownWits #WitsFeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/SxkpFR0qmF"

Never my sister #witsfeesmustfall" @L4Leelo: Today's strike against fee increases #witsfeesmustfall! #Witsfees! They were never ready!"

#WitsFeesMustFall #WitsProtest #WitsFeeIncrease pic.twitter.com/BiNYTrFq5Z

Students are Angry!! #WitsFeesMustFall @WitsSRC pic.twitter.com/b9x7giTeiz