South African president announces no fee hikes

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, announced on Thursday morning he would meet protesters who stormed the parliament. The president met the protesters last friday, while at the outside of the building the police fired teargas against the protsters. After the talks the president announced in a press-conference, that the fees will not be hiked in the next year.

The protests began on last Monday. Students are angered by raised tuition fees. The protests continued on Wednesday while students from Capetown University marched from the campus to the parliament. At the parliament, they stormed the grounds and sat down in front of the building, preventing members of Parliament from leaving. The hashtag #FeesMustFall has been trending nationally and is being used by the student protestors to communicate.

Fees were initially hiked 10%. Later, this percentage was decreased to 6%.

According to the protesters, police used teargas against them. “The protest was peaceful but we were met with violence from the police,” said Aziz Matthews, 23, a senior at the university. In a statement of the South African Police Service, a spokesman said: “The behavior of those students is unacceptable and should not be condoned in any way”

Because of the protests, lots of universities all over the country were shut down.



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