As Finance Minister Nhlanhla
Nene addressed the second medium-term budget policy statement in Parliament
today, protesting students broke through Parliament’s gates and stun grenades
were fired as riot police attempted to push protesters back.
Western Cape students marched
to parliament this afternoon and demanded to see Minister of Higher education,
Things took a turn for the
worse when students managed to break through Parliament’s gates resulting in
riot police shooting rubber bullets at the crowd, Parliament is currently on
lockdown and the assembly has been adjourned.
Bush Radio Correspondent Lazola Solani who is
on the scene explains…
“We’re outside parliament,
university students from different universities were standing outside and
throwing bags at Police lines. They are standing outside and demanding to see Blade
In the latest update on the
situation at Parliament Lazola solani reports that the Minister of Higher
Education, Blade Nzimande has addressed the group of protesting students and
has said that the proposed 6% increase still stands.
“However the students seem to
be hash tagging that Blade Nzimande must fall, Police are trying to block off
Plein street and students seem to be moving away from parliament.” Solani
In a change of events Bush
Radio correspondant Mkhuseli Veto who is on the scene reports, students have
once again called on Minister Nzimande to come out and speak to them, and have
insisted that they will not leave until he comes and speaks to them even if it
means that they have to sleep at Parliament.
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