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UCT academics, students demonstrate outside Parliament

The university says government has done little to address a funding crisis at tertiary institutions.

University of Cape Town academics and Health Faculty students demonstrate outside Parliament. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) academics and Health Faculty students are demonstrating outside Parliament.



Protesting students have again taken their grievances to the steps of the national legislature.

The group includes academics and students from the UCT Health faculty.

They are brandishing placards that read: "Invest in our future" and "access for all".



The demonstrators say government's attempt to address the 2017 fee issue is only an interim solution.

"There needs to be a solution to this problem before the budget speech of 2017."

The group is also calling on the private sector to assist in the struggle for funding.

Meanwhile, it's understood another group of student protesters has gathered at the UCT campus.

Reports of running battles and clashes between police and protesting students at the University of Kwazulu-Natal continue.

Wits students are also meeting today.

Student leaders say they are coordinating with other leaders from higher learning institutions to organise a national march for free education.

While at the Nelson Mandela University, the case against nine students arrested during protests, has been postponed until the 12 October.

They were arrested and released on bail yesterday.

The students face charges of public violence and contravening the National Road Traffic Act.

One student also faces an additional charge of obstructing police in execution of their duties.