Eastern Cape students mobilise
Kaveel Singh, News24
East London – A number of Eastern Cape university students continued the national #FeesMustFall demonstration on Friday, calling for a 0% hike in higher education fees.
The largest number of demonstrators was seen at the Walter Sisulu University, where more than 500 students gathered to “peacefully demonstrate”.
Protesters gathered early in the morning. Leadership was hoping to ensure zero incidents of violence.
Around midday protesters were seen singing and moving towards the Ibika Location next to the campus.
They urged community members to join the protest.
Earlier in the day, police spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci said students gathered in an open space in Southernwood Park, East London, were planning to protest in the city.
Students closed down two schools in the area chanting: “We will close down all government organisations. We want government to listen to us.”
Early on Friday, students at Fort Hare University started to gather. Students' Representative Council leader Busisiwe Mashiqa said students were expected to meet at around midday to continue protesting.
“Students are expecting large support from various local religious organisations. Following violence on Thursday, SRC members from Fort Hare are currently in court for the appearance of 13 students who were arrested during the protest,” Mashiqa told News24.
University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg students have occupied the PMB CBD. Around 200 students are marching on the KZN Legislature for the second time in two days.
SRC spokesperson Mondli Nkonzo said: “Today [we have] a more organised group plan to hand over a memorandum requesting a no-fee increment and imploring efforts for free higher education in South Africa.”