Students Call For National Day Of Action Over Fees

Demonstrators gesture at a photographer during a protest over planned increases in tuition fees outside the Union building in Pretoria, South Africa October 23, 2015. South African police fired stun grenades at students who lit fires outside President Jacob Zuma's offices following a week of protests, the first signs of the post-apartheid 'Born Free' generation flexing its muscle. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko? - RTS5T06

Students are planning a national day of action as their demands for President Jacob Zuma to release the much-awaited Fees Commission Report intensify

In a statement, Wits University’s outgoing student representative council (SRC) said it was talking to student leaders at other universities to rally support.

“We call on a national day of action for all stakeholders to march together, with student leaders to rally behind the call for free education to force government to release the report on the fees commission,” the SRC said.

 It said it fully supported a shutdown at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Incoming Wits EFF SRC members expressed frustration at the silence from outgoing student leaders.

‘Take to the picket line’

The EFF SRC said that, while they empathised with the students at UCT and CPUT, they have been waiting for the outgoing SRC to relinquish their powers before possibly endorsing a shutdown at the institution.

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