Wits completes 2016 academic year, despite protests

2016-12-01 19:11
Police attempt to arrest activist Mcebo Dlamini on the Wits campus during this week’s protests. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Police attempt to arrest activist Mcebo Dlamini on the Wits campus during this week’s protests. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The University of the Witwatersrand has completed its 2016 academic year successfully, despite student protests, Vice Chancellor Adam Habib said on Thursday.

"Despite the disruptions experienced in September and October, through extending the academic calendar and revising examination dates, we effectively lost only three teaching days," Habib said.

All examinations were completed on Wednesday. Supplementary and deferred examinations would be written in December and January.

The university said it had received 70 000 applications for 6 200 first-year places for 2017.

Wits University had a tumultuous year due to Fees Must Fall protests. Protesters and police clashed repeatedly on campus, and students ran riot in Braamfontein, destroying property.

In October, police shot former Wits SRC leader Shaeera Kalla nine times with rubber bullets.

Former SRC president Mcebo Dlamini was arrested and charged with public violence, theft, malicious damage to property, and assault. He was released on R2 000 bail.

Habib said he hoped a solution would be found to the underfunding of the higher education sector.

"The successful completion of the academic year under strenuous circumstances was no easy feat and it would not have been possible were it not for the unwavering commitment of the university community, including its students, staff, parents, alumni, donors and others who supported the university during this time,” he said.

Graduation ceremonies would be held between December 6 and 13.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

Embracing sustainability in tobacco agriculture

In Sub-Saharan Africa, farming represents a subsistence lifestyle for millions of people. In recent years though, the development of farming into an economic activity has made a real change in how the land is used in providing for the population.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.