Tertiary students are protesting against tuition fee increases at various institutions. The protests started at Wits University and spread to other institutions.
On Wednesday, students forced their way into the parliamentary precinct during Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's Midterm Budget Speech. Police used stun grenades to disperse the protestors, arresting some of them in the process.
702's John Robbie let students air their views on, among others, the availability of funds to finance affordable quality education.
Listen to the conversation below:
If money can be spent on useless things, then money can be spent on education.— Patrick, UJ student
We have not been violent at all... The media is not highlighting the studying processes that are going on in the evenings.— Tshidi, Wits student
Listeners also shared their views on social media:
@Radio702 @702JohnRobbie I support it. Who affords a 10% increase? Even salaries don't increase that much. Education is a RIGHT Not a LUXURY— Ke nna, Keletso! (@kaynkata) October 22, 2015
@Radio702 @702JohnRobbie its brilliant, students have always led this country out of injustices.— CL▲UDETTE (CJ) (@sinistermoon) October 22, 2015
@Radio702 @702JohnRobbie to improve socioeconomic standards we need to have fair access to tertiary edu.Students are now being heard by all.— Stephanie Cowper (@StephCowper_SA) October 22, 2015