#FeesMustFall: Students plan solidarity protest in London

Some university students in the UK have expressed their support for the #FeesMustFall campaign.

Thousands of university students across the country have been protesting against the proposed fee hike in their respective institutions. Picture: Andiswa Mkosi Primedia.

LONDON - As the Fees Must Fall campaign gains even greater momentum, students in the United Kingdom have also shown their support.

At the University of London, the School Of Oriental And African Studies voiced their support while independent students from countries such as Germany, China and Cameroon have posted pictures online.

A South African student shares her message of support from Paris. Picture: Supplied

Tasneem Lorgat, South Africa, Doshisha Business School. Picture AJASA

Tomorrow, a solidarity protest is planned outside South Africa House in London.

Former Wits SRC President Mukovhe Masutha says he wishes he was home right now to join fellow students in their protests.

He is currently doing his PhD in Higher Education Management at Bath University and says the struggle shouldn't be politicised.

The 26-year-old is a seasoned leader in youth politics. He is the founder of the Thusanani Foundation which specialises in finding bursaries for rural youth.

He says his story about fees should be the norm and not the exception for every student in South Africa.

Masutha says he is angered by yesterday's scenes in Parliament, adding there is a lack of leadership from Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

He says they stand in solidarity with South Africa's students and has urged them to continue to fight for universal access to free higher education.

It's not yet clear how many people will be part of the solidarity protest outside the South African High Commission, but regardless of the turnout, the Fees Must Fall campaign has resonated in London.

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The US State Department says it's keeping an eye on the developments in South Africa.

The department's spokesperson says the right to protest should be upheld.

While the protests are yet to make headlines in the US, officials in the State Department have expressed concern over the response from the government to them.

State Department Spokesperson John Kirby says they're monitoring the situation and the right to peaceful protests should be maintained.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has put together a list of people to follow for those wanting to stay informed.