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Several constitutional rights legitimise the #FeesMustFall cause - Cathy Powell

The #FeesMustFall protests continue at several universities across South Africa over rising tuition fees.

CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies conducted an outdoor broadcast at the University of Cape Town (UCT) amid ongoing protest action.

Cathy Powell, senior lecturer in Public Law at UCT, said several constitutional rights justify the #FeesMustFall movement.

Listen to the full conversation below:

The Constitution says further education must be made progressively available and accessible. It can be argued that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has taken backwards steps to this law by reducing university subsidies.

Cathy Powell, senior lecturer in Public Law at UCT

Scenario planner Clem Sunter and political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki also unpacked the recent events surrounding the student protests.

Listen to the full conversation below:

"We need a n educated an educated population for our economy to grow. South Africans are willing to develop students, but the government is diverting the tax payers money.

Moeletsi Mbeki, political analyst

We have to prioritise money and this is the most important pot of all. Government must sit down with the Chancellors to establish what each university needs.

Clem Sunter, scenario planner

Police say at least 30 students were arrested for trespassing, public violence and high treason outside Parliament on Wednesday, during clashes over rising university fees.

Several South African universities were brought to a standstill in the #NationalShutDown that swept the country.


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