Landmark day for #FeesMustFall movement

President Jacob Zuma called a meeting in a bid to ease tensions at campuses nationwide.

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

JOHANNESBURG - It's set to be a landmark day in the #FeesMustFall movement with thousands expected to march to the Union Buildings a crucial meeting between President Jacob Zuma and student leaders and solidarity pickets in London and New York.

Student leaders and university officials from across the country will meet with Zuma today as the movement continues to gather momentum.

The president called the meeting in a bid to ease tensions at campuses nationwide.

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Scores of students from different universities across the country have been marching against fee hikes.

WATCH: Another protest, another university.

The #FeesMustFall Campaign 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.

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


#FeeaMustFall #UBs razor wire trailers, used to create barricades. BB

Yesterday, demonstrations continued in various parts of the country including at the University of the Western Cape, where students threatened to take the police to court after they were shot with rubber bullets and stun grenades.

#FeesMustFall UBs TRT parade. BB

Police dispersed hundreds of students who had staged a sit-in on Robert Sobukwe Road in Bellville.

Today is the 9th day of the fees must fall protest which started at Wits University.

Students from institutions across the province are expected to unite in a show of strength.

The march is being supported by a range of different student organisations which have mobilized transport for thousands of people to attend.

The students are demanding a moratorium on fee increases and say their revolution will lead to free education.


At least 3,000 Wits University and University of Johannesburg (UJ) students marched to Luthuli House where they presented a memorandum of demands to African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada also visited Wits yesterday afternoon to show his support for the students.

The march started at UJ's Kingsway Campus with only about 50 people, but the numbers grew throughout the day, when they met up with their counterparts from Wits where they made their voices heard at Luthuli house.

The police initially tried to stop them from crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge but they remained resilient.

Motorists hooted, and some people waved from their office windows many throwing a fist into the air to show their support.

Last night, Wits students were still energetic but cautioned the crowd that today is the day they need to march to the Union Buildings where their message will be heard louder than ever before.


The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that the use of stun grenades for crowd control is acceptable only if the situation demands that degree of force.

Police have been criticised by student and civic organisations for acting with a heavy hand.

WATCH: Drama at Parliament as protesters clash with police.

The ISS' Johan Burger says the police at Parliament found themselves ill-prepared probably through an intelligence failure to deal with the large number of students.

"They were never going to be able, through the sheer numbers, to deal with this and not to enter the premises so the only thing left was the stun grenades."

Unisa's Rudolph Zin says police should show extreme restraint because a show a force often exacerbates a situation.

"The moment you overstep that line as an officer you entice the crowd use more violence than they should."


Student protesters at NMMU says fees should rather be decreased.

Earlier this week chaos erupted there when police used rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas to disperse a group of protesting students.

The university seemed to be back to normal yesterday but demonstrations sparked when the vice chancellor didn't meet students.

LISTEN: Former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini willing to meet with anyone willing to support campaign.

An apparent lack of communication between vice-chancellor Derrick Swartz and student leaders resulted in them not meeting

The two parties refused to agree on a venue then students marched on campus.

Lizo Jim says the 6 percent fee cap is still too much and the university should rather look into cutting tuition fees.

"Our friends, our brothers and sisters are not here today simply because they could not afford this year's fees."

Protesters say they will continue demonstrating today.