Student protests cause disruptions at UP, TUT campuses

Students are responding to the announcement that university tuition fees will be increased.

Students at the University of Pretoria disrupt a lecture on 19 September 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Protesting students have disrupted several lectures at the University of Pretoria, while the Arcadia campus of the Tshwane University of Technology has been shut down.

Students are responding to the announcement yesterday that university fees would be increased, but capped at eight percent.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande also announced government would find the resources to ensure financially struggling students continue to pay 2015 rates.

The University of Pretoria's Anna Retha Bouwer says despite some disruptions to lectures, the main Hatfield campus remains open.

"The academic programme as well as the SRC elections will continue today as scheduled. The university has taken the necessary measures to ensure the safety of staff, students and property."

Meanwhile, Tshwane University of Technology students have closed the campus and are en route to the main campus in Pretoria West.

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says a meeting is underway at the main campus to discuss the implications of yesterday's announcement.