Target: South African President Jacob Zuma
Goal: Applaud the move to halt tuition hikes in South Africa for 2016.
South African Jacob Zuma announced that universities will not increase fees in 2016 as planned. The announcement comes after days of student protests and pressure from ForceChange activists against tuition hikes because they create unfair disadvantages for poor students trying to attend university. Zuma also announced that the presidential task force that was created to address tuition fees will be expanded to look at other issues that students are concerned with.
At first, officials had decided that tuition fees would go up 10 percent, then changed it to 6 percent in order to compromise with students. Students were still unhappy with the cost hike and continued protesting, which led to a complete freeze on the tuition hikes for 2016.
The protests outside parliament had turned violent in recent days, with police using stun gun grenades on students. Other protestors had barricaded universities in order to fight against high education costs.
This is a huge step towards ensuring a fair education system for all, not just wealthy white people in South Africa. Applaud the freeze on tuition hikes in South Africa for 2016.
Dear President Zuma,
After students protesting tuition hikes in South African universities turned violent, it became essential and urgent that their concerns were addressed. Hiking tuition would not only unfairly affect poor students trying to achieve higher education, but it would unfairly affect the black student population.
I am writing to applaud your announcement that the tuition hikes will be stopped for next year. I hope that you will continue to hear out the students’ concerns in order to come up with a long-term plan that appeases everyone.
[Your Name Here]
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