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UCT students, academics demonstrate outside Parliament

A group of students and academics from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have marched to Parliament, reports EWN's Natalie Malgas.

The demonstration comes after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced universities must decide their own fee increases for 2017, placing an 8% increase cap.

Some of the students are demanding that Nzimande must resign, or take responsibility instead of "passing the buck".

At the same time, there are debates between demonstrators over whether UCT academics should be allies in the campaign for free education.

Some students have asked academics to take a back seat in the student-led movement.

It is not yet clear whether Parliamentary officials have engaged with the demonstrators and no memorandum has been cited.

Back on campus, another group of UCT students are gathering at the Steve Biko Hall to occupy the building.

The group is opposed to the demonstration outside Parliament, which was organised largely by UCT management.

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