South African universities are ranked the best in Africa, and some do well even at global scale. But these universities need funds to keep up the standards. As it happens, much of the funding comes from the students through tuition fees. South African Universities have proposed fee increases of up to 12% next year.
Unsurprisingly, this has not gone well with the students. Many universities in South Africa were forced to close down due to recent FeesMustFall demonstrations. These include highly regarded institutions like Wits University and University of Cape Town.