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Landmark #FeesMustFall march underway

Thousands of students are marching to the Union Buildings to intensify their calls for free education.

Students pass the Reserve Bank as they make their way to Union Buildings in Pretoria as part of the #FeesMustFall march on Friday 23 October 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

PRETORIA - As thousands of students make their way to the Union Buildings to intensify their call for free education President Jacob Zuma has released another statement saying he's looking forward to meeting students and university leadership.

#FeesMustFall Small groups of Tuks students are already singing in the street in front of the Union Buildings. CE pic.twitter.com/72LXl4z63P

#FeesMustFall UBs where President Zuma will meet student leaders and VCs. BB pic.twitter.com/PSpIE1oWQf

WATCH: #FeesMustFall: Students go to Parliament:

Zuma has reiterated government fully understands the pressure and difficulties that students from poor households face regarding high university fees.

He will meet with management of universities and student leaders to discuss the stalemate with regards to tuition fee increases.

Students have so far rejected an offer of 6 percent cap on fees increases and have demanded a 0 percent fee hike.

The president and other leaders are expected to brief the media after the meeting.

MARCH GAINS MOMENTUM

Ordinary members of the public have now also joined the protest.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Rampkhopa is also there.

There is an energetic atmosphere in the park with students singing about free education.

There are hundreds of people including members of the public after the ANC and Cosatu called on its members to join the march.

Most of the students are from the University of Pretoria and TUT and will later be joined by their counterparts from Wits and UJ.

#FeesMustFall #Wits Buses are full, but still not moving from campus. GN pic.twitter.com/OKw5sQKaeT

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 23, 2015 Many are holding up placards with slogans 'Blade Must Fall' and 'Free Education Now'.

PARLIAMENTARY CHAOS

The protests turned ugly this week when hundreds of demonstrating students entered Parliament sparking clashes with police.

The #FeesMustFall Movement 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 0 percent increase to next year's tuition fees and end to increasing it.

There was also a mass demonstration at Luthuli House yesterday.

The president says he hopes to find solutions to the current impasse with exams looming there is an urgency to calm tensions so students can prepare.

LISTEN: Ahmed Kathrada in solidarity with students.

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