#FeesMustFall: UCT students take protest to Parliament

Students are determined to get answers from Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

University of Cape Town students have vowed to protest until management of the university listens to their plea regarding fee hikes. Picture: Keshia Trussel/iWN.

CAPE TOWN - More than 1,000 protesting UCT students have converged at Parliament where Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is due to deliver his mini budget speech this afternoon.

They're demanding answers from higher education minister Blade Nzimande and a guarantee that tuition fees for the 2016 academic year won't be increased.

This is part of a national mass action against proposed fee hikes.

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.

Scores of students are marching against fee hikes.

Their momentum has not let up since protests at UCT erupted on Monday.

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Earlier today, some demonstrators stormed a venue where students were writing an accounting exam at Newlands Cricket Stadium.

Protests are expected to intensify until their demands are met.

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

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: