#FeesMustFall: Students reject 6% cap on fee increases

The Higher Education Department has meanwhile urged students to stop protesting.

FILE: Fort Hare University students march through the campus, recruiting students as they toyi-toyi against a hike in fees and what they say is a corrupt administration. Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Students across the country have rejected a proposed cap of 6 percent on university tuition fee increases.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande met with university officials yesterday where the compromise was reached but it's failed to ease tensions.

Meanwhile, the South African Students Congress (Sasco) has called for a nationwide shut down at all of the country's universities.

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 0 percent increase to next year's fees and an end to exorbitant increases to tuition fees.

Sasco president Ntuthuko Makhombothi said, "What we're saying very strongly is that we don't want any violence because it will take away the genuine struggle we are raising. We don't want to vandalise property and we can't afford to vandalise glass."

The Sasco maintained that agricultural colleges will also take part in the national shut down.

LISTEN: Dr Somadoda Fikeni on the gaps that led to the campaign.


• 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.


There's a heavy police presence along the main road leading to Stellenbosch University.

A group of students have blocked access to campus and have vowed to shut it down.

#FeesMustFall Rubbish bins now being placed in the roads to prevent cars from entering. SF pic.twitter.com/HowNJzVMIY

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 21, 2015 The group has formed a human barricade in Meriman Road.

They're singing struggle songs and are refusing to move.

#FeesMustFall Maties group back in Meriman Avenue preventing motorists from passing. SF pic.twitter.com/GKoYEkBuzL

Traffic officials are diverting motorists while police keep a watchful eye on the group.

Over a loudspeaker a demonstrator taunted authorities saying it's a bad day to be a police officer amid cheers from fellow protesters.

The group said it plans to mobilise more students ahead of a march at noon.


Protesting students say university management has failed to take into account the plight of poor students.

Students and some university staff have joined a human barricade on campus today in protest against fee hikes.

UCT #FeesMustFall protesters enter University House and Sibanye offices to recruit workers. AM pic.twitter.com/AAyLiOvSP3

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 21, 2015 Earlier this week, several students were arrested amid protests but some have since been released on a warning.

UCT #FeesMustFall protesters on the move to Sibanye bus offices. AM pic.twitter.com/tt13kgJ98F

Meanwhile, the Higher Education Department has urged students to stop protesting adding it's not willing to backtrack on a compromise over fee hikes.

The department's Khaye Nkwanyana said, "We are urging our students to accept that compromise by universities. There are challenges of costs of running universities and this is a lower percentage than compared to last year."

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