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'Free education must translate into reality now'

Students from various universities are gathering in Cape Town's CBD ahead of a march on Parliament.

Traffic blocked off at keizersgracht and Tennant Street where CPUT students are preparing for march to Parliament. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of students from various universities are gathering in Cape Town's city centre ahead of a protest march on Parliament.



It's part of an intensified campaign for free tertiary education.

Dozens of officers are keeping a close eye on students who are pouring in to the city centre.





University of the Western Cape Student leader Monde Nonabe says: "The plan today is to demand free education in Parliament. We not asking for commission, but we're saying free education must translate into reality now."

Nonabe says activists from universities across South Africa have pledged their support for the demonstration, which comes amid the mid-term budget speech.