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Students refuse to let Zille speak amid ongoing fee protests

Stellenbosch University students gathered informally & gave the university & government an ultimatum.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille tries to talk to students during their #FeesMustFall campaign in Cape Town. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University students were protesting near Coetzenburg Stadium where had they demanded to be addressed by Premier Helen Zille.

She was attending a separate event organised by the Western Cape government.

Students gathered informally and gave the university and provincial government an ultimatum saying, "Meet us or we'll take it to the streets."

Zille agreed to walk with protesters and was followed by her bodyguards. The premier listened to the students and tried to reason with them, but it was in vain.

Students later shouted 'voetsek' as she was escorted by security having not been able to say much.

#FeesMustFall Zille now being escorted away amid shouts of 'Voertsek'. RT pic.twitter.com/9AH951qIz3

UCT

At the same time, UCT academics have led a march to the university's administration building, calling on the institution to drop the interdict against protesting students.

PhD graduates in red robes and lecturers accompanied by students have converged on UCT's Bremner Building, waving the South African flag, with placards hoisted above the heads.

#FeesMustFall Situation right now at UCT, academics lead a march to Bremner building. RE pic.twitter.com/6YiDnb8rhG

They were brought together today by the academics union and the black academics caucus, who have listed several demands.

Among the demands are the withdrawal of an interdict against students, an end to police brutality and exams being rescheduled.

Exams that were meant to start next week have been postponed, but no new date has been issued.

The union's Kelley Moult said, "We want an open forum where the events leading up to Monday night and the interdict are explained to the academic staff."

In a statement UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price said the interdict was "the appropriate and necessary action at the time" but it had been misunderstood to be a charge against individuals and organisations.

UWC

Emotions were running high at the University of the Western Cape as vice-chancellor Tyrone Pretorius arrived.

#FeesMustFall Pretorius waiting to speak. "We don't just want him to speak on fee increase," UWC student shouts. pic.twitter.com/3c7dbRJ8NE

- EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 23, 2015

Students say they don't want security around.

This follows a chaotic night in which police fired rubber bullets at protesters.

At least six students were injured during the sit-in on Robert Sobukwe Road in Bellville yesterday.

The protests started after an attempt to meet Pretorius failed.

Students expected to meet with Pretorius this morning, but they were told he's in Pretoria as one of the university vice-chancellors due to meet President Jacob Zuma.

They said they were disappointed that he had failed to address them four days after they began the protests against fee increases.

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