All 26 universities across the country will be shut down in protest at the State’s unwillingness to respect the human rights of students. This is the sentiment shared by the South African Union of Students as they call for access to education. A meeting with all Student Representative Councils over the weekend has resolved to reject the police brutality carried out by the police during the fees protests. It comes as a bystander was shot and killed last week during protest action near Wits University.
More student got shot and injured today 15 March 2021 during protests and some student got arrested.
The Saturday 13 march 2021 meeting also declared Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s austerity budget uncaring, as it defunds thousands of students, and therefore denies them access to education.
UCT has signed an agreement which shows the lifting of Fee Blocks that will ensure that all students will register for this academic year. The Student Representative Council says that this means that UCT students from other African countries will also fall in this bracket. The institution had initially only lifted Fee Blocks up to R 100 000 for South African students.