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Walter Sisulu University student protests turn violent, resulting in multiple injuries and a police vehicle being burnt down. The University has decided to shut its doors and proceed online before it is too late to revive the academic year.

Following meetings with Student Representative Council members and the Minister of Higher Education, the South African Union of Students has now put an end to the national shutdown with immediate effect. Students all over South Africa were protesting for free education and for students with debt to be allowed to register.

A pat on the back is in order for the student representative council at Wits who raised R4 million to pay student registration fees and student debt. This is part of a bigger goal in their '21 million in 2021 Campaign'.

Unisa academic year commences soon and Minister Blade Nzimande's request for the university gets rejected by students.

The #R10GoesALongWay campaign raises thousands to assists financially needy students with registration fees. They call on all of South Africa to assist them as they work to help as many students as possible fund their studies.

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.

Unisa students talk of planned nationwide shutdown as management refuses to meet their demands. Students from universities across the country have now joined the protest for free education. 

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.

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.

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.

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, gave updates on NSFAS laptops, NSFAS allowances and funding, Unisa and many other topics which are currently being discussed in Higher Education. This is in response to a list of demands submitted to the Minister by the South African Union of Students.

Wits students have said that they will not stop protesting until their demands are met. Now, following the death of innocent bystander, this is only elevating the anger and frustrations students have.

Finally, there is light at the end of this NSFAS tunnel. Cabinet has approved additional funds so that first time entering students can be funded through NSFAS and registration can continue.

The South African Union of Students have expressed their displeasure with the death which allegedly is a result of plice bullets. They have also issued a list of demands to the Higher Education Minister which included NSFAS funding, free education and registration.

Funding constraints for universities create stress and talk of a possible #FeesMustFall movement and deserving students are being left out of funding schemes because, of Covid-19 related budget cuts and students stuck in the system.

Wits university students continue to protest while on the other side of things, Wits has said that they do provide for financially needy students. South Africa is in such a large amount of student debt that universities are no longer able to solve this problem alone and requires the work of the nation to assist them with this problem.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is not able to accommodate for the amount of students that were agreed on according to signed performance agreement. NSFAS is currently experiencing a cut back due to the 2020 higher education budget cuts that is now needed to fund prospective students.

Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande announced that university registrations will be extended by two weeks as NSFAS figures out the delay in providing prospective student funding decisions.

Prospective students are being urged to register at universities as higher learning institutions across South Africa have opened their registrations. 


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