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Students: Costs are unbearable, so #FeesMustFall

Students from the University of Pretoria have joined the #FeesMustFall protest on main campus.

The University of Pretoria students came out in full force as they protest fee hike at the university on 21 October 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

PRETORIA - The University of Pretoria says over 100 students have now joined the #FeesMustFall protest on the main campus.

Some students say the upfront fees for international students are preventing access to education.

#FeesMustFees The group of students protesting growing to around 300 people now. More people arriving. GW pic.twitter.com/WkuWUXwQVi

The protest is part of the South African Students Congress (Sasco)'s national shut down at the country's universities.

Students say the high fees at university is limiting access to it by the majority of South Africans.

LISTEN: University fees have been bubbling under for a while - Sizwe Mabizela.

A 3rd year engineering student from Zimbabwe says the cost of tuition and accommodation is becoming unbearable.

"The fees which didn't include accommodation were R40,000, we want the overall fees to decrease because if it increases people won't have enough money to pay."

Students have tried to get security to open the gates to allow passers-by to join the protest.

They're currently marching through the campus encouraging more students to join the demonstration.

Sasco says majority of universities across the country and as well as agricultural colleges will take part in the national shut down.

UNIVERSITIES AFFECTED:

• University of Free State

• University of Limpopo

• University of Fort Hare

• Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

• University of the Witwatersrand

• University of Cape Town

• Eastcape Midlands College (Grahamstown)

• The University currently known as Rhodes

• Central University of Technology

• Cape Peninsula University of Technology

• University of Western Cape

• All 11 Agricultural Colleges in South Africa

• Walter Sisulu University (Buffalo City Campus and Umtata Campus)

• Tshwane University of Technology

• University of Pretoria

• North West University (Potchefstroom campus)

• University of Stellenbosch

The protests have also been endorsed with messages of solidarity from students in the United Kingdom and in the SADC region.

Click through the map below to see which universities have been affected by the nationwide protests: