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South African students demand zero percent fee increase #Feesmustfall 2016

South Africa
Time period
October, 2015 to October, 2016
Economic Justice
Total points
7 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Shakina Kirton 17/02/2019

On 14 October 2015, student protests began at the University of Witwatersrand in response to an announcement by the university board that there would be a 10.5% increase in tuition fees. On 15 October, students barricaded the gates of the university. Over the next two days, both student and staff members held a sit in, causing the eventual lock down of the university as the blockades obstructed lectures and activities. On 17 October, the University of Witwatersrand agreed to suspend and renegotiate the fee increases.