According to a report via ENCA, protests have intensified across South Africa as students continue their demand for no fee increases at various tertiary institutions across the country.
The report reveals that, following Wits University students’ ongoing protests over fees, Rhodes University and UCT have shut with students clashing with police at some campuses.
With the protest reaching boiling point, Eye Witness News revealed that motorists on Empire Road outside Wits University claimed that protesting students had allegedly attacked cars with sticks. The report reveals that students however claimed that motorists were allegedly trying to ram them over during their ‘peaceful’ protest.
Many protesting students have taken their demonstration outside campus, and online, after the council cancelled a feedback meeting over the decision to suspend fee hikes for 2016. The protests have now spread across the country, with the universities of Fort Hare and the Free State also joining in on the campaign via the latest hashtag to rock social media: #FeesMustFall.
While the hashtag has been used in order to allow students to protest, it has also allowed many Africans to voice their opinion on the protest action, which can be found below.
I stand with students.There is no chance I would have afforded fees without sponsorship. Access to education for all! #FeesMustFall
— Kenny Nkwana (@BroKNkwana) October 20, 2015
this whole #feesmustfall has got me feeling many types of ways. so proud of the unity of all students fighting toward the cause#feesmustfall
— Jahaan van de Ross (@jahaanVDR) October 20, 2015
The police are jabbing at us and then we’re called violent and our behaviour is barbaric. Hayi shem #FeesMustFall
— Cookie. (@nthabdesibiya) October 20, 2015
Life in SA. ? After high school your parents/guardian must be filthy rich for you to go to university #FeesMustFall
— Nhlamulo (@TaciaBrown) October 20, 2015
— Christiaan Mostert (@mostert3) October 20, 2015
“All the white students go to the front and show them it’s not about race. We are together” #FeesMustFall
— Bilqees Baker (@MissBilqeesB) October 20, 2015
When it comes to education we must put our political difference aside, that’s the way forward #FeesMustFall
— Tebogo (@TT_Dipela) October 20, 2015
Next thing we know the SADF will be deployed to the universities?busy wasting resources on harmless kids hungry for education #FeesMustFall
— Sui Generis (@ZeEzY92) October 20, 2015
— Ethel Tambudzai (@Ethel_DMYP) October 20, 2015