0% increase in 2016 university fees: Zuma

23 October 2015 - 17:53 By Rdm News Wire
South African students protest outside the parliament precinct before forcing their way through the gates of parliament on October 21, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Protesting students broke through the gates of parliament during protests against a proposed hike in tuition fees this is part of the fees must fall movement.
South African students protest outside the parliament precinct before forcing their way through the gates of parliament on October 21, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Protesting students broke through the gates of parliament during protests against a proposed hike in tuition fees this is part of the fees must fall movement.
Image: Gallo Images / Nardus Engelbrecht

President Jacob Zuma has announced that university fees will be frozen for next year‚ speaking as the #FeesMustFall student protest saw thousands of protesters march on the Union Buildings today while he met education roleplayers inside.

“We agreed that there will be a zero increase of university fees in 2016‚” the president announced after a meeting with management and student leaders in Pretoria.

The president also announced that exam time tables would be adjusted to allow for more time so that students could prepare for their tests.

The reactions were swift on social media platforms:

“0% percent increase. Thank you South Africa. The power in unity. #UnionBuilding #FeesMustFall‚” ‏@OmenMchunu tweeted.

“0% Increase 2016. Exams postponed. Victory to the students” - Jamela Garda ‏@jamelagarda.

“Now it's over to #students who drove #FeesMustFall to accept 0 increase. He said for 2016‚ though. What about thereafter? #unionbuilding” - Ingrid Jones ‏@JonesIngrid

“0% achieved. NEXT #FreeEducationForAll #unionbuilding” - Bantu Mwana ‏@Mosotho119911

“Protest really comes from the heart. It ushers us into the presence of rewriting history. Keep the discipline intact fighters #unionbuilding” - More Nubian Queen ‏@MokoenaDee

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