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Students Call For National Shutdown

Students all over are protesting against financial exclusions in higher education institutions and are calling for a national shutdown from Monday. Demands are being made for Universities to allow students to register even with historic debt.


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Every year, we see protests all over the country over historic debt and free education. Last week sparked the beginning of what is now a national movement.

Students are calling for a national shutdown from Monday until their demands are met.

Demands include students being allowed to register even with historic debt, for historic debt to be wiped and free education for poor and missing middle students.

This all began when Wits students took to the streets for the University to allow all students to register.

Universities generally have a rule that students need to have paid a specific fraction of their historic debt in order to be able to register. Students are against these financial exclusions.

In Braamfontein, students are walking around shutting down businesses as they want the cities where all the Universities are based to be ungovernable until the issues are resolved.

Shops and Universities have closed due to protest action, around South Africa.

The plan is for all Universities to shut down and for students from all over the country to take to the streets, which is happening. 

Various meetings are underway with University management, Vice-Chancellors, Councils, the Minister and student bodies.

Student debt is a national crisis and billions of Rands are owed in student debt.


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