Fee protests halt academic programme at some institutions across SA

Students are protesting following a fees announcement by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

Students at Wits protest on campus after Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande failed to deliver a free tertiary education policy. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While the student representative council (SRC) at Wits University has called on students to rest ahead of a mass meeting scheduled for later today, lectures at other universities have been disrupted and some institutions have been forced to close completely.

Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal have staged sit-ins at lecture halls this morning, disrupting classes.

SRC deputy president at the institution's Howard campus, Sunshine Nyende, says they find it unfair that others are going to class as normal while they protest for free education.

There are also reports of disruptions on the varsity's Pietermaritzburg campus.

Meanwhile, at the North West University's Mafikeng campus, mass demonstrations have led to a total shut down.

SRC Deputy President Rebaone Pudi says council is meeting to discuss fee increments for the 2017 academic year today.

"We are waiting for feedback as the SRC."

The Free State University has shut down all operations until next Monday and SRC president Lindokuhle Ntuli says they decided on this step with management for the safety of students.

Ntuli says they are not participating in any protest.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is yet to confirm when lectures there will resume after being shut down on Monday.