More student protests in city

A young boy at the front of protest. Photo: Kristian Meijer.

A few hundred students took to the streets of Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon as part of the #FeesMustFall protest.

Not satisfied with a government concession to keep university fees unchanged next year, they demanded that such fees be scrapped altogether.

The students marched under the banner of the Occupy Higher Education Movement, to the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to deliver a memorandum.

They called the SARB a “symbol for all that is wrong in South Africa”.

The students gathered late morning at Church Square, stating that their march would be peaceful and that any troublemakers would be “cast out”.

The protesters marched through the streets, singing and dancing as they called for stronger decisions to be made about tuition fees.

Halfway through the march, a young boy joined the protest, leading the way as the students cheered him on.

Once at the Reserve BankWhen, they demanded that incoming SARB governor Lesetja Kganyago come out to receive their memorandum.

The document describes the SARB as “an institution that ensures that the South African economy is run in the interests of the super-rich [sic] capitalist elite”.

It calls for free education, the cancellation of all student debt, free accommodation for students, an adequate book allowance and free high quality food in university canteens.

The SARB said it could not respond to the demands and would be liaising with government on the demands.

This angered the students, who then continued their march to both City Property and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to call for their demands to be met.

At the University of Pretoria, students continued their peaceful protests on campus, calling for all university fees to be scrapped.

Last Friday saw violence at the Union Building, where police and rioters clashed as students protested over rising university fees.

This culminated in President Jacob Zuma announcing that there would no increases in tuition fees next year.

Also read: 

Students’ view on #FeesMustFall

Hundreds protest against Tuks fees.

Campuses shut down amid protests.

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