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#FeesMustFall: Leaders hope SACC’s involvement will help

Students hope it will prove that they aren't anarchists & too lazy to return to class.

FILE. Students shout slogans outside the African National Congress ruling party (ANC) headquarters, on October 22 2015, in Johannesburg during a demonstration against university fee hikes. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Student leaders at the forefront of the ' Fees Must Fall' protests say the involvement of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) will hopefully convince people that they aren't anarchists who are lazy to return to school.

Yesterday, the SACC met with SRC representatives from tertiary institutions to discuss the current higher education impasse and how the council can help with moving the situation forward.

The SACC says it agrees with the demands of students, that no person academically deserving should be excluded from getting their education because of finances.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ)'s Mmangaliso Mkhonta says the involvement of the council shows that this is a legitimate cause.

"With that, keeping the credibility for public sympathy because our parents are starting to think we're just lazy to go to class, a generation of anarchists because we don't want to listen to our elders."

In October last year, students from universities all over the country embarked on mass protests calling for an end to tertiary institution fee increases.

The #FeesMustFall campaign then marched on the Union buildings where President Jacob Zuma announced all fee increases for 2016 would be scrapped.

Government is now working on a way forward in terms of scrapping university fees altogether.

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