Students set to picket outside Parliament

University Students around the Western Cape are expected to march to Parliament, to demand answers for the Fees Must Fall crisis.

Universities including: the University of Cape Town (UCT), University of the Western Cape (UWC), Stellenbosch University (SU) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) have been in support of the Fees Must Fall movement and are expected to be part of the march.

The march is set to coincide with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget speech in Parliament.

CPUT’s Fees Must Fall spokesman Lukhanyo Vangqa said is the prpose of the mach is to get the government to respond to the issues of higher education.

“The purpose of the march is to highlight the plight of students, to legislature, who are unable to access higher education because they are poor and black,” said Vangqa.

UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price urged staff members and the general public to join the students’ picket outside Parliament.

 “Members of the UCT executive will participate in the UCT Employees Union picket. We invite staff and students to show their support for the cause of greater state funding for higher education and more affordable education for all by participating in one or other of the protests,” said Prince.

On the other hand Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said the government is working on plans to address the crisis.

He then said the government is expanding efforts to provide free education to poor students.

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