SA President Zuma warns protests could damage future students

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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has warned that the ongoing protests in some universities will have a negative effect on high school students hoping to further their studies.

“We are not just gambling with the future of the current generation of students, we are compromising the future of coming generations, and indeed the country,” Mr Zuma said.

He was speaking at the first day of a special gathering called to address the issue of fees.

Universities have suspended their academic programme due to security concerns on various campuses.

The students want the governing African National Congress to deliver on its long-standing promise of free education.

Some universities have warned that if the academic programme does not resume this week, next year’s intake may be affected because the current group would need to redo an entire year’s work.

Students protesting
Student protests have continued at the University of Cape Town

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