Student Protests to See University Shutdowns Across South Africa?

Protests among South African students over high tuition fees have spread across the country with the South African Union of Students announcing that 26 universities are in favour of a national shutdown of institutions. This comes after University of Cape Town students demonstrated against financial exclusion, saying there are over 1,600 students with debt at the institution, amounting to U.S.$6,097,167. Students' protest action also follows Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement that the government had no money to pay for new students through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. 

Students at the University of Johannesburg blocked the roads at Auckland Park campus on March 15, 2021.

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Over 150 University of Cape Town students protested in the Kramer Law Building against the financial exclusion of those who are unable to pay fees or who have historic debt.

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