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Lectures remain suspended at Rhodes University

The institution has suspended academic activities for a fourth day due as fees protests continue.

FILE: Rhodes University blocked off by students during 2015 fees protests. Picture: Twitter @SAPoliceService.

CAPE TOWN - Rhodes University has suspended academic activities for a fourth day due to ongoing fees protests on campus.

The institution's management held a meeting with some students, the student representative council (SRC) and staff last night to discuss various issues.

During the meeting, the university decided to investigate the feasibility of free education and free supplementary exams. It has also discussed the process of including students when deciding on a budget.

SRC president Gift Sandi says a follow-up meeting is planned for later today to discuss outstanding demands.

"Wits has been more comprehensive in responding to it, so we want a clear response on how things are going to happen, for instance, the pressure that will be applied on government to increase subsidies."

The university has indicated that it supports free education for the poor and that it is lobbying government to increase higher education funding.

Demonstrations began at some tertiary institutions shortly after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that tuition fee hike decisions will be left to varsities.

Rhodes University management has warned if the current fees crisis is not addressed, it could lead to a collapse of the higher education system.