Academic shutdown at Rhodes following fee hike protest
Students at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape are protesting against proposed fee increases for next year.
All academic activities at the University have been suspended.
Former SRC president Siyanda Makhubo says the students have been protesting since midnight against the proposed Minimum Initial Payment (MIP), set at R45 000.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has confirmed that the university has suspended all academic activities for Monday due to the student protest.
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Julie Nxadi, a representative from the Black Students Movement (BSM), has described the proposed MIP as obscene.
She says Rhodes students are standing up against what she terms as "economic loopholes that are found to exclude the poor and the black".
Nxadi says the proposed MIP perpetuates an “on-going cycle of poverty” that needs to be addressed.
She says everyone that cares about the well-being of the country needs to be at the forefront of addressing challenges associated within the higher education system.
"I find it strange that the onus needs to be on the students to come up with solutions for something that should’ve been looked at as soon as they started saying that higher education was no longer a privilege but a right."