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The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has the task of finding resolutions to all the issues students have been protesting about for years. He has now made it clear that there is no free higher education for all as government has previously said that they can't afford it.


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.


Even though the national shutdown has been called off, students are continuing to protest and take to the streets. The public is fed up but the SA Union of Students argues that students have every right to protest.


Some students started returning to classes on Monday. For two days last week students burnt tyres and wood in front of the South Cape Bitou campus.

 By Siphokazi Mnyobe


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.


Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that the national shutdown needs to end. However, his comments during a parliamentary meeting has lead students to criticise him further and call for him to be fired.


The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, continues to emphasise that government has met it's side of the deal when it comes to free education. Students all over South Africa were protesting for free education and for historic debt to be wiped. 


Students are continuing their fight towards free education along with other demands as the National Shutdown is still in effect. 18 Universities have already joined protests and the South African Union of Students has said that this number will grow.


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


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.


The South African Union of Students joins students across the country as protests for free education and other demands take place. The Union has said that NSFAS is failing students, even with the switch to a bursary scheme.


Four members of the South African Police Services have been arrested in connection with the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba. Ntumba passed away allegedly due to rubber bullets being fired by police during student protests.


A student has been shot and wounded in Johannesburg as student continue protesting for free education, amongst other things, across South Africa. Police have denied reports regarding the shooting.


"We will not abandon our students. We will fund their education because it is their right." These were the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa when he addressed the National House of Traditional Leaders in parliament. He was speaking on a day that student protests in Johannesburg spread across the country, with calls for a national campus shutdown if the government did not meet student demands. 


After the death of a civilian, the police are being investigated for the murder of an innocent man, and their training is in question. Wits university students should be allowed to peacefully protest and exercise their human rights without the disruption of police brutality. 


A high school in the North West has seen classes being disrupted for weeks after students saw fault with how the school's management handled Covid-19 cases at the school. With Covid-19, delays and disruptions were naturally there and now as classes resume, having any other delays could be detrimental to learners' education.


Healthcare workers are praised as the heroes of the covid-19 pandemic, but who is fighting for them? Being in the frontline is often glorified, but it has come at a price for many healthcare workers who have been facing unfair conditions.


Restaurants have been hit hard by the lockdown regulations and they are now using the hashtag #JobsSaveLives to plea with the government for change. 

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