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Gauteng ANC to continue supporting protesting students

The party says it’s already in talks with the private sector to resolve the issue of student accommodation.

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 - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it will continue supporting protesting university students and is already in talks with the private sector to resolve the issue of accommodation.

Yesterday the caucus announced this year's plan, aimed at fostering a strong focus on working with communities.

Since the start of the academic year, students across the country have continued with protest action over a number of issues, including the affordability of student accommodation.

ANC Chair Paul Mashatile says there are already plans in place to address issues around student accommodation.

"We've now gone further to say that as government in Gauteng, we will also prioritise in our planning, provision for student accommodation."

Mashatile says as part of his role as Human Settlements MEC, he will be meeting representatives of universities and the private sector to make student accommodation more affordable.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to address a variety of issues, including the province's local economy, during his State of the Province Address on Monday.

WATCH: _UCT protesters dispersed with stun grenades & rubber bullets _