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South Africa: arrests made but students say protests will go on


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South Africa: arrests made but students say protests will go on

South African students protesting about a 10.5 percent hike in tuition fees have reportedly refused to be addressed by the secretary general of the ruling ANC Party.

Up to 3,000 people gathered outside the party’s headquarters in Johannesburg.

Local media reports suggest students urged Secretary General Gwede Matashe to sit down and listen to them.

In Cape Town at least 30 students were arrested in what have become the country’s largest student protests since the end of apartheid.

Hundreds stormed the parliament, while in Johannesburg, the crowd brought the city to a standstill.

They say they will continue demonstrating until the increase is scrapped and fees are frozen.

President Jacob Zuma is due to meet student leaders on Friday (October 23).

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