Student Protests

With the March 2021 protests against university student debts, it has become clear that few changes have been made to correct the ongoing issue around tertiary education funding. 


Rhodes University protest action continues as the Student Representative Council presents the students demands and they are not met. In the recent meeting with the Deputy Vice Chancellor they discussed the students issues and made decisions on how they will be going about these issues. 

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.

The SRC of Mangosuthu University of Technology has met with the university's management to discuss issues of financial exclusion and historical debt among others. This comes after protests broke out at the university in which students and the police clashed. 

Police have had to keep a close eye on protests which were taking place outside MUT, DUT and Unisa as some became violent.

The Minister of Higher Education has condemned the vandalism of University property as a result of the student protests and has said that it has amounted to millions of rands in repairs. Students who are found guilty of damaging University property will be followed by law enforcement.

Tertiary institutions across the country have experienced weeks of disruption. Some have resumed teaching. A month after universities and TVET colleges started the 2020 academic year, protests at various institutions across the country have led to the suspension of numerous classes, while some institutions have resumed teaching. 

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande met with the South African Union of Students (SAUS) on Friday, 31st January 2020 to further discuss matters raised by SAUS that were responded to by the Minister on 26 January 2020.

Violence has spread to the University of KZN with the Howard College and Westville campuses suffering disruption. Registration has been suspended at Howard College but is continuing at the university's other campuses.