There is no need for a shutdown: Nzimande

    Thousands of students converge at the University of Cape Town, on October 22, 2015, in Cape Town, for a meeting about ongoing protests against fee hikes by students from various tertiary education institutions around the city. This protest joins similar protests at other universities around South Africa. University activism has been increasing this year as students vent their anger over the limited racial transformation in education since racist white-minority rule ended with Nelson Mandela's election in 1994. Many students says higher fees -- which could rise by 10 percent a year -- will further prevent poorer black youths gaining university education. AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

    MAHIKENG – The North-West University has closed its Mahikeng campus due to violent protests following a call for a national shutdown of universities from the SA Union of Students.

    The union accuses the department of failing to assist poor students with debt.

    However, the Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said this is simply not true. Nzimande said he hopes the country is not in for another year of turbulence and stated there is no need for the disruption of registration.

    “All the issues that have been raised by the South African Union of Students we have discussed them and we have also responded to all the issues,” the minister said.

    Nzimande said all NSFAS qualifying students are able to register without fear of being turned away.