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Police fire stun grenades on Wits student protesters #Fees2017

Students nationwide have embarked on campus shutdowns after the Minister of Education announced yesterday that universities can determine their own fees increment by up to 8% for 2017.

The Minister said that poor students and those falling into the 'missing middle' category will not have a fee increase, but students aren't happy.

According to EWN reporter Clement Manyathela, students blocked the entrance to Wits University, prohibiting cars from entering the premises.

Police arrived, and stun grenades were fired at protesting students. 31 students were arrested, says Manthela.

We understand that some of them were arrested inside the campus from forming groupings

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

A court order was obtained earlier this year that prevents students from forming groups and disrupting academic activities, says Manyathela.

Manyathela says that the students are demanding free education for all, not only for the poor.

They are saying this year's movement is not just for free education but it is for what they call decolonised education.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Students are currently mobilising students from other faculties to join in.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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