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Wits suspends lectures for the rest of the week

#FeesMustFall protesters have vowed to stay overnight, saying they want to be addressed by council members.

Wits students wait patiently for council members to meet them on 19 October 2015 during protests over proposed fee hikes for the 2016 year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EW.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University has confirmed that all lectures and exams have been cancelled for the rest of the week.

Students have been protesting for several days now over proposed fee increases at the institution, saying they want feedback from the council members on the way forward.

They blocked access to the medical school in Parktown today, forcing officials there to cancel exams.

Students say they still want to be addressed by council members about the way forward in terms of fee increases.

Students say whatever the outcome of today's meeting with the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, they will not stand for any university fee increase for next year.

#FeesMustFall #Wits Students gathered in senate house again. GN pic.twitter.com/iO43hlFPqb

Nzimande earlier today confirmed an agreement has been reached to cap fee increases, saying fee hikes won't exceed six percent.

A smaller group compared to yesterday has gathered at Senate House on the main campus where students plan on staying overnight.

The students say this will show their commitment to the cause.

They marched peacefully from the medical school, where they forced management to cancel classes and exams.

Students says they will hold a mass study session this evening as part of their protest against fee increases.

Incoming SRC President Nompendulo Mkatshwa says they are taking a more subtle approach to their protest action this evening.

"Our key principle when it comes to protesting is peace and we are maintaining that stability. So we'll have a mass study session throughout the night."

#FeesMustFall #Wits Students back at senate house for overnight study session. GN pic.twitter.com/5e0UvQ0BR8

Wits students were the first to raise concerns about fee increases, and their demonstrations since last week has prompted other universities across the country to join in.

Students who've arrived from the medical school, have entered the main campus through Empire Road were there appears to be no interference with traffic.

The atmosphere is peaceful, with students saying everyone needs to highlight the struggle for access to education if they are ever to see free education in their lifetime.

Meanwhile, Wits students are rejecting the six percent cap on fee increases at South Africa's universities.

The Economic Freedom Fighters has joined them, saying students are clear, they're demanding no fee increases, not a partial increase.

Incoming SRC president Nompendulo Mkhatshwa says they want fee increases to be scrapped but more importantly they want to receive feedback from council.

"Announcing something at a press conference is not telling us, it's not reporting back to us, and we want to be reported back to."

Catch up lectures and exam times will be arranged once the issue has been resolved.

At the same time, the University of Pretoria has also confirmed that all activities will be suspended tomorrow in light of planned nationwide protest action.

WATCH: Tension rises after Wits cancels feedback meeting.

TASK TEAM TO LOOK INTO FEE INCREASES

Minister Nzimande says a task team will have to look at the issue of tuition fee increases.

This follows the decision to cap next year's tuition fee increases at six percent.

The decision was taken at a meeting of heads of universities and other stakeholders in Cape Town today.

The urgent meeting called by the minister today has given rise to a proposal that could bring an end to student protests.

Nzimande has urged students to seriously consider the proposal reached.

"In all conflict situations there is often always the necessity to compromise. No party gets 100 percent of what it wants".

Heads of universities as well as student and union representatives were present at the meeting.

Nzimande says he's spoken to President Jacob Zuma, who is relieved that there appears to a solution to the dispute.