Student protests are set to intensify, potentially disrupting the academic year and closing down universities in a repeat of scenes in the latter stages of the Jacob Zuma administration during which the government capitulated and promised fee-free tuition.

Academic activity, which was already under threat due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, faces further disruption after the government initially rejected demands to scrap about R10bn owed to 26 institutions...

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