#FeesMustFall sparks national debate over systematic exclusion

Inequality is a trending topic around the #FeesMustCall campaign at Rhodes, UCT & Wits University.

Students protest at UCT in an attempt to reduce tuition fees and to eliminate outsourcing. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

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.


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.

The continued unequal representation of women has also been highlighted.

Comic Loysio Gola is among some who have been slammed for their opinion on the campaign.

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.