Student protests halted teaching at three of South Africa’s top universities on Monday as demonstrations spread against fee increases after months of growing activism on campus.
Officials at Rhodes University, University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) announced classes were suspended due to the wave of protests.
Thousands of students have attended rallies focused on hikes in fees that many say will force poor black students further out of the education system.
Protesters at Johannesburg’s Wits University blockaded entrances in recent days as students demanded the proposed 10.5 percent fee increase for 2016 was scrapped.
A late-night meeting on Saturday between students and university officials led to a suspension of any decision on the increase while negotiations are held.
The Wits management said in a statement that “the university will officially be closed on Monday” as talks continued.