Too many groups hampering Wits talks

2015-10-15 23:02
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Johannesburg - Efforts to end protests against fee increases at Wits University are being hampered by the various student groups involved in the matter.

Management had difficulty negotiating with students as there were various groups, each with its own leaders, who wanted different things. They included the EFF Wits Student Council, The Progressive Youth Alliance, and the All Residence Council, Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said on Thursday.

"As soon as we speak to the SRC, some students tell us that they are not being represented by the SRC."

On Wednesday students began blocking access to the university’s entrances, in protest against a fee increase of 10.6% due to come into effect next year. Lectures were suspended.

Patel said Vice Chancellor Adam Habib would negotiate with the SRC on behalf of all of the groups. He was currently in Durban but would return to Johannesburg on Friday.

Students' Representative Council president Shaeera Kalla said there were various leaders, but all had a common goal.

Patel said Habib was expected to meet student representatives on Friday.

Kalla however rejected any talk of a meeting.

"We have received no communication about a meeting. We have made it clear that we will boycott any meeting because this is no longer an SRC matter," Kalla said.

The university was trying to resolve the stand-off on campus and speaking to those at the gates of the Braamfontein campus on Thursday night.

"We are confident that the students will stand down," Patel said.

Kalla said the protest against the increases would continue throughout Thursday night.

"This is a national issue," she said.

Lectures would remain suspended on Friday, except at the medical school, for the sake of the safety of students and staff, Patel said.

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