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#Fees2017: 'ANC failed to prioritise education'

Protesting Wits students say the private sector has a duty to assist government in tackling the issue.

FILE: Students hurl rocks at private security at Senate House at Wits University during fees must fall protests. Picture: Nina Leslie/i-Witness.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits Fees Must Fall protesters say while they're calling on the private sector to help with funding higher education, they also say the African National Congress (ANC) government has failed to prioritise education.

As demonstrations continue across the country, several universities have closed their doors for a few days due to disruptions.

Earlier, protesting students at the University of Johannesburg clashed with private security guards on Kingsway Road.

Wits University protesting students marched to the Chamber of Mines this afternoon and handed over a memorandum including a list of demands.

Former Wits SRC President Mcebo Dlamini says the private sector has a duty to assist government in tackling the issue.

He, however, says the governing party has failed to prioritise free education.

"It's a matter of priorities; if we bail out [South African Airways] with billions and billions, if those billions were taken to education - it would have assisted. To the ANC government we are saying it's a matter of priorities."

Dlamini says the march has been peaceful and students do not want to resort to violence.

Meanwhile, there have been running battles between police and students at Rhodes University.

Police say 10 students have been arrested.

WATCH: Students angry after cops drag peer, fire rubber bullets at Rhodes University

And at the University of Fort Hare, lectures have been suspended for two weeks due to protests.

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