S/African stu­dents clash with po­lice

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

South African stu­dents who were march­ing to par­lia­ment in a protest over a rise in stu­dent fees have clashed with po­lice.

Po­lice fired stun grenades as the pro­test­ers were try­ing to force their way into the par­lia­men­tary com­plex.

Pro­posed tu­ition fee hikes of be­tween 10% and 12% have sparked protests at uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try.

Stu­dents have com­plained that higher fees may ex­clude poorer black stu­dents.

In­side par­lia­ment in Cape Town a bud­get speech by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Nh­lanhla Nene was tem­po­rar­ily halted as mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers chanted “Fees must fall” - a slo­gan bor­rowed from the stu­dents.

Stu­dent bod­ies have re­jected a gov­ern­ment of­fer to cap tu­ition fee in­creases at 6% for 2016, and ear­lier threat­ened to close all the coun­try’s uni­ver­si­ties as protests over tu­ition fees spread.

At least 10 in­sti­tu­tions have so far been af­fected with some clos­ing un­til the sit­u­a­tion is re­solved.

Both #Na­tion­alShut­Down and #FeesMustFall con­tinue to trend on so­cial me­dia in South Africa.

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