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Protesting UKZN students want neighbouring universities to join them

The students want all students to be allowed to register without settling their historical debt.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Supplied.

DURBAN - Protesting students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal said that they planned to call on students from neighbouring universities to join in their fight against academic exclusion.

The students want all students to be allowed to register without settling their historical debt.

UKZN student Kuhlekonke Ntuli said that the university wanted to make students belonging to the missing middle category and postgraduate students to pay high fees despite not being able to afford them.

She said that the university had refused to follow a declaration by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

"If the university has an issue with the government, they must communicate with government and not use us as a bargaining tool. The only thing that we are demanding is clearance, we are not here to beg, but are demanding clearance. It is our right to education and we refuse to be excluded. The management of the institution has proven to us that they do not care."

Talks between university management and student leaders on Tuesday failed to bring an end to the ongoing protests.