SOUTH AFRICA: STUDENT CRISIS CONTINUES AS GOVT SEEKS FRESH SOLUTIONS

The persistent students' protests in South African universities continue today at the center of the media attention, marking the national news pattern for the third consecutive week.

Television, radio and written press, and internet media devoted wide space to the issue, noting in the last seven days the announcement by President Jacob Zuma of the creation of a ministerial team to try to resolve the crisis in higher education.

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg imposed a curfew last night, as a measure to minimize the current danger and stop the night violence at its main campus in Braamfontein, reported the SABC channel.

Clashes between students and police took place in the streets of Johannesburg and classes were suspended yesterday in Braamfontein, according to the university spokesman Shirona Patel.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Gauteng province and students from territorial institutions marched to the Chamber of Mines in the city of Johannesburg, demanding an end to the situation.

Secretary of Cosatu in Gauteng, Dumisani Dakile, considered in an interview with SABC that the country is going through a national crisis in the university education system.--NNN-PRENSA LATINA

The press also reflected the intervention on Thursday of the Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, in the commission that analyzes the issue of quotas for admission to tertiary level.

The government has made repeated calls to stop the destruction associated with the protests, which erupted after announcing that the 24 public universities of the country would increase tuition fees up to a limit of eight percent in 2017.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK