Wits management to meet with protesting students

2017-05-05 12:04
The Great Hall at Wits University (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

The Great Hall at Wits University (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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

Johannesburg – Wits University management is set to meet with a group of students to listen to their concerns on Friday following a protest on Thursday afternoon by students who blocked the entrance to the Education Campus in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Wits University spokesperson Shirona Patel said that the university would operate as usual on Friday morning, and that all gates were clear.

"A meeting will be held with the group of students and management representatives this morning to determine what the key issues are that they want to raise," said Patel.

Staff and students who had been prevented from leaving the campus were eventually allowed to leave late on Thursday afternoon after allegedly being locked inside campus by protesters.

Patel said it appeared that the students were disgruntled over the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas), bursaries, and accommodation. However, she said this was unconfirmed.

On Thursday, Patel told News24 that as much as the university allowed peaceful protests, it was unacceptable for a group of students to restrict the movements of others.

"The university is appealing to all students to use the official university channels to raise issues rather than to block entrances or protest first," she said.


Read more on:    wits  |  johannesburg  |  university protests

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

 
There's an app for that: how apps have changed us

"There's an app for that" is more than just Apple's marketing mantra. Mobile apps have emerged over the last 10 years or so for practically every need in a person's day and changed our lives.

/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.