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‘Fees Must Fall’: Students in standoff with police at these campuses [video]

The resurgence of Fees Must Fall protests has affected the following campuses.

unisa protests

Scenes from the University of South Africa (Unisa), in Durban, have intensified as more students joined protests that have seen the resurgence of the FeesMustFall movement. Essentially, disgruntled students are calling on the tertiary institution to sort out their affairs with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Unisa ‘Fees Must Fall’: Why are students striking?

On Monday, a team of public order police officers was deployed to the Durban campus, where Unisa students had disrupted orientation proceedings.

A standoff between students and police turned into a confrontation and rubber bullets were used to disperse crowds. The police, acting on the instruction of Unisa, have been trying to move the protesting group out of the campus but the students have remained defiant.

It is believed that Unisa staff members are also on strike. While there are no representatives from the workers who have spoken to the media, reporters on the ground are alleging that some workers have launched a wage strike, demanding an increase in salaries.

So far, we are aware of a number of students who have been arrested. However, the exact total is still not known at this stage.

Fees Must Fall protests happening elsewhere

University of KwaZulu-Natal

A similar protest has taken hold of administrative processes at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Returning students are calling for the institution to allow them to register for free and not pay a portion of the historic debt they owe.

At this time, we know that UKZN wants students with debt to pay 15% of the total amount owing before they can register. However, students claim they don’t have the money.

They have since called on the government to hold true to their promise of free higher education. No arrests have been made at Howard campus too.

Eastern Cape: UFH and WSU

As reported by Dispatch Live, registration proceedings at the University of Fort Hare (UFH), in East London, and the Walter Sisulu University, in Butterworth, have been cancelled for similar reasons.

At UFH, students reacted in frustration after they were told that financial aid students who are not in possession of signed NSFAS agreements would not be allowed to register.

“NSFAS has not returned the agreement forms so students cannot be disadvantaged because of something that is not their fault,” one UFH student told the cited publication.

At WSU, frustrations spilt into chaos after students were told to go home since there were no support services at the campus to assist with online registration.

At this time, no arrests have been made. This is a developing story that we will be monitoring very closely.