Nationwide Protest For Free Education Continues

Student protests have escalated to a nationwide shutdown and students say they aren't demanding anything they weren't already promised.

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18 universities across South Africa, join nationwide shutdown for free education.

A week ago Wits University students began to protest against financial exclusion and to scrap historic debt. Protest has now escalated to a nationwide shutdown including 18 of the countries universities.

Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, states that South Africa can't afford to scrap the R10 billion in historic debt and A 0% fee increase. He says that the universities require that money in order to remain operating.

Students state that they are only demanding what they were already promised by past president Jacob Zuma in 2016 and it is nothing impossible. 

The President and government are being called to step up and address this matter because, students are fed up. 

The South African Union of Students are said to begin marching to the Union Buildings soon, if their demands are not met or even simply addressed.

Some students even suggested a education tax:

Education tax could be where people in the highest ta bracket can pay an education tax to contribute to students higher education. 

Student march for free higher education every year and only temporary solutions are given. Students require a solution that South Africa can commit to so that students don't have to continuously deal with things like financial exclusion and fee increases. 

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