Stun grenades fired in CT, massive crowd gathers at Luthuli House

Cops fired stun grenades at CT students while students have blocked off roads near Luthuli House in JHB.

Hundreds of protesting students marched through the Cape Town CBD on Thursday, 10 October 2015. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Massive crowds of protesting students have descended on the Higher Education Department in Pretoria and the African National Congress' (ANC) Luthuli House headquarters, demanding that government takes their fight for zero fee hikes seriously.

#FeeaMustFall #PtaCBD next intersection. Now at Paul Kruger / Francis Baard. BB

Police officers have used a water cannon to disperse protesters who blocked off roads around the Higher Education Department.

The group had refused to allow several hundred employees inside the building to leave, and police intervened.

#FeeaMustFall #PtaCBD the demonstrators goading employees. BB

#FeeaMustFall #PtaCBD police have freed hundreds of Higher Education employees from CBD HQ. BB

Protesters are now moving from to block to block shutting down streets.

#FeeaMustFall #PtaCBD

At the same time, at Luthuli House, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe is standing side by side with student leaders on a platform.

Police have been mobilised this afternoon as the 'Fees Must Fall' movement intensifies.


Public order police have managed to diffuse a protest by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students in the Cape Town City Centre.

UCT #FeesMustFall protesters up against police in Darling street. Protesters plan to move down the road. AM

Hundreds of students had forced the closure of streets in and around Darling Street.

It's believed one person has been arrested.

The group of about 300 students has walked back to CPUT in District Six after a tense stand-off with police.

#FeesMustFall Students now at CPUT multi-purpose centre where they will addressed by management shortly. XK

Saps members fired stun grenades.

Several roads leading up to Adderley Street were blocked off by traffic officials.

There are reports neighbouring UCT's Graduate School of Business is being evacuated as well.

In the meantime, a police helicopter was dispatched to the CPUT Granger Bay campus where hundreds of protesting students were making their way to this afternoon.

UCT #FeesMustFall tense stand off and a large police presence in Granger bay. AM

The students say they will be on the streets until management response to their concerns.


UCT has postponed exams that were meant to start on Tuesday. While classes were suspended for most of this week, many adamant students still gathered in their classrooms and at lecture halls.

#FeesMustFall: #UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price sits amongst protesting students. - @abed_v1

Earlier today, protesting students targeted those who were not taking part in demonstrations, forcing them to pack up and leave the institution.

UCT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Francis Petersen says while management supports the cause of the protest, it must be done lawfully.

Pictures by C Louw