As protests at universities around the country entered, protesting students at the University of Cape Town were arrested overnight. Police entered UCT’s Bremner House giving students the “option” to leave or face rubber bullets, teargas or arrest. The University’s Management has made no comment at this time
Scenes of panic were witnessed at UCT on the same day where protesting students at the University of Witwatersrand overturned a car and injured a main who allegedly tried to run them over when students were demonstrating on Empire Road in Johannesburg. SAPS yesterday also fired stun grenades at students protesting a Rhodes University.
In recent days South Africa has witnessed progressive protests led by students demonstrating against unreasonable and exclusionary fee increments being imposed by various universities across the country. These legitimate protests underscore the very important call that affordability cannot be the barometer that is used to determine whether the youth of our country have access to education.
The arrested students at the University of Cape Town were released early this morning, according to the SRC, and are demading answers from University management
The Higher Education Minister, Blade Mzimande is to convene a meeting with the vice chancellors of our higher education institutions to discuss the fee increments and protests. Rhodes University and the University of Witwatersrand remain closed today