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The University of Johannesburg has launched a campaign to raise R27 million which will go towards paying students outstanding historical debt. They hope to reach this goal by the end of the year. 


Protests are said to be continuing at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Last week saw students clashing with the police as they burned tyres and blocked MUT's main entrance.


Violent protests took place on Thursday at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. The situation seems to have calmed down, however, classes remain suspended. The Minister and the MEC of education in the province have addressed the matter.


Student debt in the country amounts to billions of rands. This student debt is also behind students not having their certificates and being in limbo after finishing University.


Calm has not been restored on the higher education protests as it's been reported that 18 Universities are now taking part in the national shutdown. If students' demands are met, we can expect to see protest action continue into the following week.


Higher education students across South Africa took part in protests and a national shutdown since last week to declare that all students be allowed to register and for historical debt to be cleared. The situation at campuses have now calmed down, for now.


Universities have said that they can't afford to scrap historic debt and government has said that they can't provide funding to do so. This is however the centre of nationwide protests around the country as students demand that historic debts be written off.


Universities such as the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape are allowing students to register even though they have historic debt. Usually, students need to have paid a fraction of their debt before they're allowed to register. This has been at the centre of the recent protests.


The Student Representative Council at the University of the Witwatersrand, better known as Wits, have taken to the streets to protest for students who risk financial exclusion to be able to register. The issue of historical debt has been plaguing higher education for ages and often brings about protest action.

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