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The academic programme at the University of Cape Town remains suspended, the institution announced on Sunday via Twitter.

“After careful consideration we advise that campus will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 26 2015,” the University tweeted.

This comes after a wave of student protests over fee increases for 2016 swept the nation, and prompted a move by President Jacob Zuma to announce tuition fees would not be hiked next year.

Meanwhile, students at the University of Witwatersrand have vowed to continue their #FeesMustFall campaign until all their demands are met, including free quality education for all, they said on Saturday.

One of the students leading the movement, EFF’s Wits leader Vuyani Pambo said the decision to continue with the campaign was made on Saturday afternoon on campus.

“The decision was made in a mass meeting today [Saturday] that we must continue because we didn’t get what we wanted which is free education.”

He said Zuma’s was a step in the right direction, but students still had other demands which were not addressed.

The protest began last week Wednesday, when Wits students protested against a proposed 10.5% fee hike for 2016. Other tertiary institutions country-wide joined in the protests.

His announcement was met with mixed reactions from students. Some were happy that one of their demands had been met, some wanted to know when the government would implement the ultimate goal which was free education for all.

Pambo has described the #FeesMustFall campaign as an “ongoing conversation” and could not say whether there was an end in sight.


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