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'No reason for Blade Nzimande to resign'

The Higher Education Dept has blamed high university fees & student protests on vice-chancellors.

FILE. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's office says there's no reason for him to resign, and blames high university fees, which reached a boiling point with students, squarely on vice chancellors.

Students who participated in the #FeesMustFall movement last week called on Nzimande to resign, saying he has failed the youth.

But the minister's spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana says government was not even supposed to get involved in the matter.

"The blame must be placed squarely on these vice chancellors in terms of bad handling of the fees crisis. If the minister had a voice in deciding on fees, they would be justified in saying the minister had exceeded these 10 and 11 percent increase proposals. But, it's a university matter."

Nkwanyana says Nzimande has also agreed with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that the officers who had to deal with the violence at the Union Buildings did an exceptional job.

"The students were pushing and even removing the fence because they wanted to storm in. It was quite important for police to cordon off the area and ensure that they disperse."

WATCH: The day fees 'fell'

Students marched on the Union Buildings on Friday as part of the Fees Must Fall campaign on Friday, where President Jacob Zuma announced fees wouldn't be increased for the 2016 academic year.

The president spoke after meeting with university heads and student leaders.

WATCH: #FeesMustFall: Aerial view of Union Building chaos