Stella Dimoko South African Police Clash With Students Over School Fees


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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

South African Police Clash With Students Over School Fees

South African police have fired stun grenades and arrested 31 students in Johannesburg, as a wave of protests hit universities across the country.
Students are demanding free education and denounced government plans to raise tuition fees by up to 8% in 2017.

Fees had been frozen last year after the biggest student protests since the end of apartheid in 1994.
The demonstrators say price increases discriminate against black students with low family incomes.

The prestigious University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has been a focal point of protests.
‎It said about 200 students in "roving groups are moving from campus to campus disrupting classes".
The University of Bloemfontein and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth said they had closed campuses because of the protests.

The University of Cape Town announced the suspension of classes as students sang revolutionary songs barricaded entrances with litter bins‎.
University of Witwatersrand Students' Representative Council leader Nompendulo Mkatshwa police fired stun grenades at students who had gathered near the university to protest against the proposed fee increase.

"Students are not happy with what the Department of Higher Education and Training said, so they are fighting for equal education," Ms Mkatshwa is quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.
Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said the arrested students "were blocking the entrance of the university in contravention of the court order" and were being held at a nearby station, Reuters reports.

Last year, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma froze student fees for 2016 following the worst student protests to hit South Africa since minority rule ended more than 20 years ago.
The freeze has now been lifted, with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announcing on Monday that universities will be allowed to increase fees by a maximum of 8%.

Critics say this is higher than the 6% inflation rate, and will make university education unaffordable for many students.
However, universities favour an increase, saying they were facing a financial crisis which was damaging their academic programmes.


*So many Nigerian students are presently at home or rusticated from school because of similar protests.African government have no respect whatsoever for Education.....WHERE WILL THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW COME FROM?


Chidubem Ifediniru said...

South Africa and uprising,riots are like bread and butter since 1900.......

Dem like fight pass quarrel

Bell Jacks said...

This is not good sign o! Father fix it.

Fab_divas online store for designer bags, footwares and clothings said...

I hope none was killed..O.M.G!!

Fab_divas online store for designer bags, footwares and clothings said...

I hope none was killed..O.M.G!!

Cocoz said...

African leaders and their support for education only ends at the press conference and interviews. Always spewing empty promises while their actions show otherwise.

SA is worse. Racism can never be totally eradicated from that country. From the pictures shown, majority of the protesters are blacks due to the fact that they are the ones who suffer the most discrimination.

Our continent is in God's hands.

edDREAMZ said...

Nna this is destruction in a biggest way shah....

pearlmira said...

Dis SA pastors sef, rest alredy joor

Joefirst Joshua said...

Chai see co-operation
JOeFIRSt is angry at Niger student, they will increase tuition fee like that, and nothing will happen.. #pissed

Loveme Jeje said...

What a pity. Trouble everywhere you go

LUCILE COCONUT OIL ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

You said it all

cathy said...

I am beginning to dislike SA

stephan said...

Govt iberibe.😑

Anonymous said...

And some people here will sush you. Up when u ask for help to pay tuition fee. Asking u must u go to school? Who will be the leaders of tomorrow if we aren't educated?

susan chi said...


These SA guys are too aggressive... You guys should look for better ways of fighting the Govt and not burning up your Law library... What happened to hacking into government servers.... or protesting through social media or better still holding peaceful protest... You will only end up incurring more cost and of cause the govt will always look for a way to tax the masses. It still boils down to the masses....

***Anonymous Chielo***

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