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Protesters block main entrances to UCT

Vice-chancellor Max Price says students are refusing to budge from their demands for free education.

UCT vice chancellor Max Price sits amongst students as he listens to their complaints outside Jameson Hall on 22 October 2015. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Both the north and south entrances to the University of Cape Town's Upper Campus have been blocked by protesters.

Operations at the university have been suspended for the day as a precaution.

Vice-chancellor Max Price says students are refusing to budge from their demands for free education.

"And I think we can pretty sure that the minister is not going to announce free education, certainly not now or at least for next year.



"But we want to take some time to have that announcement and to digest it and to figure out what's an appropriate response and not be trying to deal with protests at the same time."

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is today expected to announce by how much university fees will be hiked for the 2017 academic year.

It has many tertiary education institutions on edge as students protests could erupt again.