EC students set for court following protests over fees

The Walter Sisulu University students barricaded sections of the N2 during their protest.

A judge's gavel. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape police have arrested several students following a protest against tuition fee hikes.

Demonstrations erupted near the Walter Sisulu University's iBika campus in Butterworth on Friday.

At least 10 Walter Sisulu University students are expected to appear in court for barricading sections of the N2 highway near Butterworth late on Friday.

The Police's Jackson Manatha said: "They also pelted some vehicles that were moving between Dutywa and Butterworth, causing damages to those vehicles and all of them will appear in court."

Last week, various protests broke out at some institutions across the country.

The Council on Higher Education had recommended an across the board, inflation-related fee increase for 2017.

No official announcement has been made yet.

A commission investigating the feasibility of free higher education is still busy engaging with various role-players.