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Anglican church stages silent protest in solidarity with students

Clergymen, members of the public and learners gathered outside St George's Cathedral in Cape Town.

A vigil at the St George's Cathedral in Cape Town in support of the #FeesMustFall movement. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The Anglican Church has shown its support for the Fees Must Fall movement by staging a silent protest at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town.

Clergymen, members of the public and several learners from St Cyprian's Girls school gathered at the cathedral in solidarity with the thousands of protesting students across the country.

#FeesMustFall More people have joined the vigil in Cape Town. MM pic.twitter.com/axtGmYGxDZ

Bishop Garth Counsell says the church is firmly behind the students and their cause.

"It is important for the faith community to reflect our concern about this situation and about the well-being of our young people."

Counsell says they are willing to support the students in any way they can.

Meanwhile, students around the country are continuing the protest, calling for a zero percent tuition fee increase. A meeting between President Jacob Zuma, student leaders and university management is currently underway at the Union Buildings.

#FeesMustFall #UnionBuildings Smoke coming near the fence where students had earlier tried to break through .ZN pic.twitter.com/RW8KRotCyz

Parents of protesting students say they want change and fees must fall so that future generations can benefit.

#FeesMustFall #UnionBuildings Students sing and chanting near a fence separating the stage and students. ZN pic.twitter.com/ELogf7vaC7

A young father, who is also a pastor, says he never wants to be placed in a position where he cannot afford tertiary education for his two children.