Fees Must Fall

Looming Cosas shutdown to negatively affect schooling

Cosas is calling for Fee Must Fall activists to be released. The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says the looming shutdown by learners on Monday will negatively affect schooling. This is as learners plan to march to Luthuli House in Johannesburg to deliver a memorandum to African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa. Among[…]

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Call for release of Fees Must Fall students gains momentum

Student activists are continuing to put pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa. They want the President to grant amnesty to students who were charged or convicted as a result of violent Fees Must Fall protests. The students have marched to the gates of Parliament as President Ramaphosa was answering questions in[…]

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Fee-free education plan ‘architect’ sets the record straight

The so-called architect behind President Jacob Zuma’s fee-free education plan says it was not his brainchild alone, but rather a collective effort. Speaking to PowerFM presenter Iman Rappetti at the ANC’s 54th elective conference on Wednesday, Mukhove Morris Masutha said the plan was aimed at “decommodifying education” and addressing the[…]

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Fees Must Fall’s Mcebo Dlamini back in court

Fees Must Fall activist Mcebo Dlamini is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, facing charges of theft‚ assault‚ public violence and malicious damage to property in connection with student protests in October 2016. He was arrested in October 2016, but was released on R2,000 bail in[…]

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Fees Must Fall: Where the movement stands now

By Yaseen Kippie The Fees Must Fall Movement (FMF) has made efforts in researching potential models pursuing free education. A booklet titled ‘Protesting Policy- Interrogating Free Decolonised Higher Education Funding’ was handed out to attendees at a public meeting at UCT’s Jameson Hall last week. The meeting, presented by students[…]

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Students to march to Parliament tomorrow

The Fees Must Fall campaign has planned to stage a march to parliament tomorrow in an attempt to continue the quest for free education in South Africa. Members of the campaign also wish to hand over a memorandum to the minister of education. The memorandum will detail the importance and[…]

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Ulema support students, but caution against violence

In recent weeks, the Fees Must Fall (FMF) movement has dominated headlines and called to the fore all stakeholders as violence continues to surge.  Universities across the country have witnessed an alarming outbreak of violence, from the destruction of property to confrontation between police and students, as frustrated students demand[…]

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Student leaders reject Zuma’s task team

The ministerial task team President Jacob Zuma set up to look into the crisis in higher education was an attempt to avoid dealing with the real crisis, some student leaders said on Wednesday. “He can’t go around establishing task teams and commissions, when all we want is free education. At[…]

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Blade Nzimande decoded

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement on Monday that universities will shoulder the responsibility for fee increments for 2017 has agitated the #FeesMustFall movement. VOC News journalist Rafieka Williams, a Wits ulumna, decodes Nzimande’s speech. In what many thought would be a decisive moment, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande[…]

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