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.
"We shutting down" Fees2017 pic.twitter.com/lmALLbN5NM— DiTiro Selepe (@Tiro_1632) September 19, 2016
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.
UCT protestors now on the main road in Mowbray, mass meeting mobilisation FeesMustFall2016 Fees2017 pic.twitter.com/RmtmfojgsI— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) September 19, 2016
A few minutes away before UCT &39;s mass meeting FeesMustFall2016 Fees2017 pic.twitter.com/Eb2yRzcIKX— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) September 19, 2016
UCT is getting lit ahead of mass meeting.High energy levels, hall is abuzz, struggle songs FeesMustFall Fees2017 pic.twitter.com/XiohCNoSbR— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) September 19, 2016
Univerity of Pretoria (UP)
University of Pretoria students were also preparing for a shutdown, with reports of lectures being disrupted.
SRC at UP have confirmed that the administration building in the Hatfield campus has been shutdown. Fees2017— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) September 19, 2016
No sign of mass shutdown from the main entrance of the Univeristy of Pretoria. Fees2017 pic.twitter.com/ajbUW1FVTi— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) September 19, 2016
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.