UPDATE: National university shut down on the cards


Student demonstrations against fees put a halt to registration at Wits.

JOHANNESBURG – Students on several campuses around the country have begun their intentions to stage a shut down at the designated campuses.

This follows Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande&39;s announcement on Monday that universities and colleges should increase fees by no more than 8% in 2017.

University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

Students at Wits university have vowed to shut down the university.



The university, however said the academic programme and all university activities continue as planned as extra security has been deployed on the campus.

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Wits said security has been strengthened and police were on stand-by.


University of Cape Town (UCT)

Meanwhile, UCT students gathered for a mass meeting following Nizmande&39;s announcement. 

UCT suspended classes, lectures and tests on Monday.





Univerity of Pretoria (UP)

University of Pretoria students were also preparing for a shutdown, with reports of lectures being disrupted.



University of Free State (UFS)

University of Free State students disrupted classes, following government&39;s 2017 fee hike recommendations.

The students and the Student Representative Council made the announcement that there will be no classes at least for the rest of the week.

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