About 80 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students who want the university to reopen have gathered at the Admiralty Way and University Way intersection for a silent protest.
The #OpenNMMU movement has been pushing since last week for the university to reopen so students can finish their academic year.
NMMU has been shut down for three weeks following Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande’s fee hike announcement last week.
The #OpenNMMU students plan to protest until Friday. Due to safety concerns, they have decided to stay in one position instead of marching to South campus.
The group’s convener Matthew Mackay, 22, a BTech marketing student said: “Our movement provides a platform for the people who wish for the university to be reopened. One of the demand in our memorandum deals with the infringement with the right to education.
“We are not saying that fees must increase, we agree that fees must fall but university must stay open.”
Another #OpenNMMU movement member Anesu Mahwehwe, 21, who is a third year BSc Environmental Science student said: “As much as I empathise with the #FeesMustFall movement, we need to shutdown government not the universities.
“Government does not care that we are not graduating. The result is our lives stop moving forward and theirs don’t. If we get our education we can create the change for ourselves.”
Meanwhile, a group of #FeesMustFall students have gathered further down the road in University Way blocking the entrance to South campus.
Police and NMMU Protection Services are on the scene.