9 arrested as UCT protests intensify

When protesters refused to clear a barricade, officers moved in and arrested several of them.

Students at the University of Cape Town vowed to protest further until university management listen to their concerns regarding fee hike. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Nine people have been arrested as protests enter their second day at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The university is one of several institutions that have been brought to a standstill due to protests over planned fee hikes.

A group of protesting students has moved to the lower campus where they hope to drum up more support.

"Those who entered the building and many of us who were outside were in a hippo, we didn't know where we were going, we weren't read our rights and weren't allowed to speak to a lawyer."

Demonstrators have vowed they won't let up until their grievances are addressed.

#FeesMustFall crowds move from res to res, started at Leo Maruard lower campus. Outsourced workers joined the march. pic.twitter.com/aKiwFigMnk

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 20, 2015 Earlier police gave protesters a few minutes to clear a barricade.

When they refused, officers moved in and took several people into custody.

Last night, several more students were taken into custody after they stormed the Bremner Building.

#FeesMustFall At least four protesters taken into custody at UCT a short while ago. NM pic.twitter.com/MEedYCjbw3

A police nyala arrived on scene where students barricaded the main access point into campus.

LISTEN: UCT and Stellenbosch students protested overnight.

Authorities gave them a few minutes to clear the area but they wouldn't budge prompting officers to move in.

At least nine people have been taken into custody amid chaotic protests over a proposed increase in tuition fees.

#FeesMustFall UCT students detained earlier and later released. https://t.co/R3lr6w5wZi

Management has been granted an interdict but this has been in vain as students have vowed to intensify their mass action.

WATCH: Flash bangs & tear gas: a rough night at UCT.


Meanwhile, South African Students Congress (Sasco) has called for a national day of action in support of the fees must fall campaign.

The student body says it wants all of the country's universities to be shut down by students and believes the debate around the cost of varsity education can no longer be delayed.

Sasco president Nthuthuko Makhobthi says tomorrow all of its structures and SRC affiliates will protest on campuses across the country.

"To ensure the university programme as we have seen in Wits does not continue."

He says the rate of fee increases has troubled students for several years and they've now had enough.

"If we don't find solutions now then we are going to see more protests next year at the beginning of the year around the country as we always see. We need to make a big impact."

Makhombothi says Sasco supports the decision by students to block the entrances and exits of the institutions.

"If that's a tactic they decide to use and is effective on campus then we support that."

Student representative body says it will meet with its members today to finalise arrangements for the protests.