South Africa uni­ver­si­ties close amid stu­dent fee protests

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Protests over fee in­creases have forced the sus­pen­sion of teach­ing at three of South Africa’s top uni­ver­si­ties.

Protests have spread from Jo­han­nes­burg’s Wits Univer­sity, closed last week af­ter thou­sands demon­strated on cam­pus, to the uni­ver­si­ties of Rhodes and Cape Town (UCT).

Wits Univer­sity agreed to sus­pend a 10.5% tu­ition fee in­crease on Fri­day, pend­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with stu­dents.

Pro­test­ers ar­gue that poorer, mainly black stu­dents would be worst af­fected.

A state­ment from Wits Univer­sity said that a de­cline in state sub­sidy over the years, com­bined with in­fla­tion­ary pres­sures, were be­hind the fee in­creases in re­cent years.

The hash­tag #FeesMustFall has been trend­ing across South Africa, in an echo of #RhodesMustFall, which was used by UCT stu­dents in their suc­cess­ful cam­paign to have a statue of Bri­tish colo­nial­ist Ce­cil Rhodes re­moved in April.

The hash­tag #FeesMustFall is trend­ing in South Africa

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