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Analysts and activists weigh in on #FeesMustFall after the #NationalShutDown

The #FeesMustFall Campaign has gained momentum following the movement's #NationalShutDown on Wednesday.

At least 14 universities were brought to a standstill and protests continue at several institutions across South Africa over rising tuition fees.

Police say at least 30 students were arrested for trespassing, public violence and high treason outside Parliament after they used stun grenades and teargas to disperse protesters.

Business Day editor Songezo Zibi said recent the events are an indication of a trend of irrelevance in traditional politics.

There is a new protest movement which comes out of a frustration that the processes in parliament do not result in the depth of the change that people are looking for.

Songezo Zibi, Business Day editor

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CapeTalk/702's Redi Tlhabi also spoke to Seth Mazibuko, one of the leaders of the June 1976 student protests about his thoughts on the ongoing nationwide student protests.

Mazibuko said that the refusal of political interference by students, highlights the similarities of the June 16 1976 happenings.

This is a total replay of 1976, 39 year after it happened.

Seth Mazibuko

Lumkile Mondi, economics lecturer at Wits spoke about how state bailouts are allocated, in light of calls for free education by students.

Mondi said that free education could be a reality if the government invest hugely in education.

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Redi Tlhabi also spoke to Patrick Bond from the Centre for Civil Society at UKZN, to get reaction on what he saw yesterday outside Parliament in Cape Town.

He said that he is optimistic about what the students are doing, confronting power and demanding answers.

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Professor of Criminology, Prof Elrena van der Spuy spoke to Redi tlhabi about public order policing in light of the events that unfolded outside Parliament yesterday during the #FeesMustFall student protests.

Redi asked whether there is a universally accepted protocol on public order policing. She said that the Regulation of Gathering Act sets out principles that should guide the public order policing, the regulations are stipulated in section 91 and 92.

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