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Classes suspended at Wits as protests continues #Fees2017

As student protests continues nationwide, classes remain suspended. Student are demanding quality free education after Minister Blade Nzimande made an announcement that universities can determine their own fees increase up to 8%.

EWN's Clement Manyathela, reporting from Wits university, says protesters are having a meeting with student leaders trying to find a way forward.

Students on campus are mobilising workers to join in on the meeting, and police are monitoring the situation to make sure there is no violence.

Manyathela says there has been a lot of damage done to infrastructure from yesterday's clashes with campus private security.

Security on campus has been beefed up to avoid what happened yesterday.

Meanwhile, an article in the Business Day written by Prof Steven Friedman, Director of the University of Joburg Centre for Study of Democracy, suggests that making higher education free will actually consolidate inequality.

Speaking to Stephen Grootes, Friedman says the society will be more unequal because those who can afford higher education will no longer pay up.

Every time we give freebees to families who can afford higher education we have less money for health care and basic services as well as pre-scholers..

Prof Steven Friedman, Director of the University of Joburg Centre for Study of Democracy

Friedman says there is no logic in arguments that education should be free for people who can afford it.

Listen to full conversations below:


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