Fees protests continue at universities
Protests against fee increases at universities across the country are continuing into the second week. At Wits university Vice-Chancellor, Adam Habib is expected to meet with students today.
Yesterday a group of about 500, led by the SRC and #FeesMustFall leaders, marched from Braamfontein to the university’s medical school in Parktown.They want Habib to receive their memorandum of demands, including tackling the shortage of accommodation and the proposed postponement of year-end exams.
The university will meanwhile be conducting a poll on whether students and staff want academic activities to resume next week.Management says it has received hundreds of emails calling for the academic programme to resume.
The university has also confirmed that a campus worker died as a result of protest action at the institution.
In Tshwane, three university’s were forced to shut down yesterday amidst violent student demonstrations. At the University of Pretoria, classes will only resume in the second week of October.
In Kwazulu Natal, UKZN expects lectures to continue at its campuses today.This, despite a fire that broke out at the Pietermaritzburg campus yesterday. The fire was started at the university’s William O Brien’s residence amid violent protest.
The University of the Free state says classes at its Bloemfontein campus will resume today however students have vowed to boycott lectures.
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