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Maties students want clarity on cap on fee increases.

Student leaders and Maties officials are expected to meet this afternoon to discuss their grievances.

Protesting Maties students. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of Stellenbosch University students are gathering ahead of a protest march at the university.

#FeesMustFall The Maties group at the Theology building. Disrupting classes. MM pic.twitter.com/8gtzFz5m5S

The #FeesMustFall Campaign has seen a number of tertiary institutions come to a standstill this week as students protest against proposed tuition fee hikes.

The protests are to show university management that there must be a zero percent increase to next year's fees and an end to exorbitant increases to tuition fees.

More and more students are gathering gearing up for the march.

WATCH: UCT protesters recruit workers & students.

Earlier, protesters went from class to class disrupting lectures.

Fellow protesters formed a human barricade early this morning on a main road leading to the university's campus amid a heavy police presence.

Student leaders and Maties officials are expected to meet this afternoon to discuss their grievances.

The South African Students Congress (Sasco) says several 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

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

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

MATIES SRC CALLS FOR CLARITY

Thousands of protesters have gathered on the Rooiplein.

SRC chairperson Axolile Qina says they want clarity from management about the 6 percent cap on tuition fee increases.

Qina says they will be meeting with management later this afternoon.

Earlier today Blade Nzimande's spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana told Eyewitness News the department's decision is final.

FORT HARE STUDENTS VOW TO INTENSIFY PROTESTS

University of Fort Hare students have vowed to intensify their protests until officials meet with them.

It may have been a slow start to their protests but demonstrators are now in full swing.

WATCH: Fort Hare students remain resilient, demand 0% increase.

Protesting students went from residence to residence trying to drum up support.

They've refused to accept a compromise which would see fee hikes capped at six percent.

The Student Representative Council's Sithenkosi Lungisa says management has not responded to their request for further discussions.

"We will intensify and try other mechanisms of getting their attention."

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