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Wits University suspends 10.5 percent fee hike

Protests continued late into the night ahead of students & staff striking a deal early this morning.

Wits University students sing and dance during a third day of protests on campus over proposed tuition fee increases on 16 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A deal has been struck between Wits University students and staff.

The university has suspended its fee hike, signalling a victory for students.

Protests at the institution continued late into the night, with hundreds of students demanding that a 10.5 percent increase be scrapped.

These students say it had to be done.

One woman says, "We've been speaking about these issues and they haven't been taken seriously. For the first time in a long time, in post-apartheid South Africa, we're becoming heroes in this struggle."

One man says, "This thins is really an insult to our black parents. For the increment to be as it is, I don't think my parents would even afford it. What's happening now is revolutionary."

WATCH: Wits students block campus access points.

A deal was struck a short while ago, detailing that next year's fee increase will be suspended until new negotiations are held.

The university says it will remain closed on Monday, with all exams and practical's suspended.

Spokesperson Shiron Patel says no disciplinary action will be taken against staff who participated in the protest.

"Following several hours of protractive engagement and some very tense moments, the university and students agreed it would suspend the decision on all fee increments made for 2016, today."

WATCH: Most classes were cancelled as students at the University of the Witwatersrand protested for a third consecutive day over proposed tuition fee increases for 2016.

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