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UCT students occupy Bremner building

Protesting students at UCT barricaded entrances to the university on Monday over a proposed increase in study fees and the outsourcing of workers. Police officials taped the roads off and directed traffic away but many chose to park on the side of the road or M3 highway and walk. Protesters,[…]

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Oscar’s early release ‘not special treatment’

The decision to release Reeva Steenkamp’s killer, Oscar Pistorius, a day earlier than planned was not preferential treatment, the Department of Correctional Services said on Tuesday. “This is not the only case where this has happened. It has happened before,” spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said. He said the implementation of the[…]

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Nzimande to meet with vice chancellors over fees

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande is to meet with vice chancellors from various institutions to tackle the issue of fee hikes. The announcement follows a turbulent few days across institutions of higher learning throughout the country as students protested over fee increases. “I am tomorrow [Tuesday] convening a[…]

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Wits students vow to close university after snub

Protesting Witwatersrand University students on Monday vowed to shut down the institution until their grievances were heard. This follows the university council refusing to address the thousands of students gathered at Senate House on Monday following an agreement on Saturday. Council said students had gone against the “spirit” of the[…]

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Govt condemns Rhodes Park rape, murders

The government on Monday condemned the rape of a woman and the murders of two men in Rhodes Park in Kensington, Johannesburg. “This dreadful incident and similar criminal activities should be condemned by all peace loving South Africans,” spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement. She said everything possible was[…]

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UCT protests shut down campus

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been shutdown due to ongoing protests against proposed fee increases. A nationwide fees hike protest has hit UCT hard, with all lectures, academic operations, library facilities and transport services either shut or suspended until the protests simmer down. “No one can come to[…]

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Re-vetting no relation to whistle-blowers: Parliament

Parliament’s re-vetting of officials has no relation to the rooting out of whistle-blowers, a spokesperson said on Sunday. “Re-vetting is a normal and regular practice in government. Parliament’s security policy requires all employees to undergo vetting and all staff appointments are subject to positive security clearance,” a parliamentary spokesperson said[…]

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Protests grow over university fee hikes

Rhodes University in Grahamstown has shut as students’ protests over fee increases for next year spreads across the country. Rhodes SRC president Zikisa Maqubela said: “Students are protesting (about the) minimum initial payment, which means students are required to pay 50 percent of the fees. This means if students live[…]

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CT robbers were career criminals: Hawks

A group of six men who tried to rob a general dealer in Epping, Cape Town on Friday, were career criminals, the Hawks have said. Four of the six had criminal histories dating back to 1990, spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said. Police shot and killed three of them, seriously injured[…]

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Blame Nzimande, not Wits: DA

Poor Wits students should lay blame for high university fees at Blade Nzimande’s door, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday. In a statement, DA leader Mmusi Maimane welcomed the Wits University decision to suspend its hiked fees, but said it would not “fix the ANC government’s failure to provide[…]

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