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Students disrupt fees commission hearing, block Price from leaving

Price presented the university’s view to the commission looking at the feasibility of free tertiary education.

One student says issue of fees can't be discussed in isolation without reflecting on other issues. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group of students has disrupted the fees commission hearing and blocked University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Max Price from leaving the venue.

Price presented the university's view to the commission looking at the feasibility of free tertiary education.



It's believed the protest is related to the suspension of students from UCT and various other institutions of higher learning.

As he was leaving the commission venue at the Centre of the Book (National Library), a suspended UCT student confronted Price about his disciplinary hearing.

Price tried to engage the student but others joined, not satisfied with his response.



"'How can you talk about fees when we're suspended?'"

Students grilled Price over the Fees Commission, "Why do you have a fees commission here?"

The demonstrators, believed to be students, had vowed not to let Price leave the venue until they are satisfied with his response.



The police have since removed Price from the venue.