CUT students deliberate #FeesMustFall participation

Fees Must Fall protests erupting at Central University of Free State's Bloemfontein campus. FILE PHOTO: MARK STEENBOK

The majority of students at the Central University of Technology (CUT) were today in favour of the idea to shut down the campus and to join in the country-wide protests against fee increases.

This comes after a meeting between the Student Representative Council (SRC) and hundreds of students at the Amphitheatre on CUT’s Bloemfontein campus today.

Violent protests broke out countrywide following the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande. He said university fees for 2017 could be determined by universities themselves, increased up to a maximum of 8%.

The majority of the students agreed that they must stand in solidarity with students from other universities countrywide, including those from the University of the Free State (UFS), in fighting for free education and a 0% increase.

The president of the SRC told Courant they demand a 0% percent increase in class fees for next year.

Earlier certain students warned others against the possibility of getting expelled from the institution if they do decide to engage in protest actions. Others suggested a shutdown should be based on valid reasons.

Students furthermore demanded an immediate meeting of the university council, despite several council members being unavailable. The suggested meeting is to force them (council) to decide on the university fees for next year.

Acting Vice Chancellor of the CUT, Henk de Jager, earlier met with students in front of the library on campus today.

The University is yet to make an announcement on fees for next year.

Mark Steenbok & Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News