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Student protests caused R459 million in property damage – Nzimande

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

9th June 2016

By: African News Agency

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The damage caused by violent protests at South Africa’s universities since late last year resulted in damage of nearly half a billion rand, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said in response to a written parliamentary question.

“The estimated costs of damage to properties have increased by R151.532-million, totalling R459.853-million since October 2015,” Nzimande said in his response to the question from the Democratic Alliance released on Thursday.

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North West University counted R150-million in damage, the University of KwaZulu-Natal R82-million and the Tshwane University of Technology nearly R40-million.

Nzimande said the department had contributed R40.5-million to repair damage caused to the historically disadvantaged universities of Fort Hare, the University of the Western Cape, Zululand, Walter Sisulu and Limpopo.

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Student protests over fee increases and the outsourcing of services on campuses spread around the country from October 2015, forcing prolonged closures and prompting President Jacob Zuma to place a moratorium on fee hikes for the current year.

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