Students demand entry into Union Buildings

Students demand entry into Union Buildings

Students who have already arrived at the Union Building are trying to push down the fence, demanding to be allowed onto its lawns.


Some have climbed onto trees but a heavy security detail is keeping a close eye on them.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to meet with student leaders over their concerns about tuition fee increases at the country's institution.

The Fees Must Fall protest is gaining momentum in Durban as students from the city's universities gather at Curries Fountain in the CBD ahead of their march to the ANC's Provincial Offices. 

Under the hashtag #DurbanShutDown, third year University of KwaZulu-Natal student Themba Sibiya says they will be joined by others from the Mangosuthu University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology who are still making their way to the park. 

Sibiya has echoed other students' sentiments, saying the announcement by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande earlier this week to cap fee increases at 6% for 2016 will see many excluded from a tertiary education.

"The students are very emotional because this  touches everyone. It doesn't only affect the students only. Remember that it's the parents who pay the fees. So it  affects parents. Most of the people that are here can't even afford registration fees," he said.

(Photo: Twitter/Ulrich J van Vuuren)

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