UCT students undecided over 6 percent cap on tuition hikes

Minister Nzimande confirmed that an agreement was reached to cap increases at no more than 6%.

A UCT FeesMustFall protester drums on a dustbin during the UCT protests on lower campus. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) student leaders are undecided about the six percent across the board increase announced by the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande a short while ago.

Nzimande confirmed that an agreement was reached to cap fee increases, saying fee hikes won't exceed six percent.

Student leader Lwazi Somya says they're not exactly jumping for joy at the minister's announcement.

"We will go back to the students and see how they feel."

Somya says they've been demonstrating for a total ban on increases, at least for next year.

Hundreds of protesting students demonstrated in front of the Rondebosch Police Station where 23 protesters were being held.

Some of those arrested have been released on a warning, but will have to appear in court next week.

#FeesMustFall 21st #UCT protester released, two to go. SS pic.twitter.com/AwkiezAJQp

#FeesMustFall some #UCT students at police station waiting for fellow protesters to be "processed," released. SS pic.twitter.com/fQrmKzqWsn

There's a small group of students outside the Rondebosch police station, waiting for a few of the students to be released.

Authorities seemingly caved in to at least one demand of hundreds of protesting UCT students who have been insisting on the release of their fellow protesters.

The students and UCT support staff were taken into custody during violent protests for violating a UCT court order on campus this morning.

Students at UCT and other universities across the country are protesting against tuition increases for the 2016 academic year.

#FeesMustFall WATCH: protesting students dispersing from Rondebosch police station following mass demonstration. SS pic.twitter.com/LOykHEEi0J

#FeesMustFall situation right now in front of Rondebosch police station. SS pic.twitter.com/aCsyU6ipeH

#FeesMustFall volunteers have made snacks for protester camping outside the police station. NM pic.twitter.com/clYj1r8Liy

Earlier, police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said, "Currently our police members are processing these students to be released. We are going to release them on a warning to appear in court."

Police and law enforcement have been able to restore calm in Church Street, which was the scene of chaotic protests only moments ago when scores of protesters had converged on the Rondebosch Police Station to have the 23 released.

Some university staff joined the group of defiant students as they garnered support from students in residences this afternoon.

#FeesMustFall Scores of protesters have converged on Rondebosch police station to have 23 arrested released today.NM pic.twitter.com/tZZ8bxdWWQ

BREAKING: #FeesMustFall 23 protesting #UCT students who were arrested will be released imminently. SS @4everSiya pic.twitter.com/p5Dq5YwtZC

#FeesMustFall Rondebosch main brought to a standstill as protesters flock the street. NM pic.twitter.com/A5HuX1KgF8

#FeesMustFall Scores of protesters have converged on Rondebosch police station to have 23 arrested released today.NM pic.twitter.com/tZZ8bxdWWQ