Wits SRC not happy with police on campus

2016-09-20 22:11


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Johannesburg – Wits University students will focus their energy on fighting police on their campuses while they protest against potential fee hikes, incoming SRC president Kefentse Mkhari said on Tuesday.

“We are trying to deal with the issue of police on campuses because we feel we don’t have free movement,” he told journalists.

“We are being policed, this is very problematic.”

Groups of students went around the Braamfontein campus in an attempt to disrupt the day’s academic programme and call for others to join them.

Thirty-one students were arrested – 10 for blocking the Braamfontein campus entrance and 21 for disobeying police, the Mail & Guardian reported.

Mkhari was speaking after students held a meeting in Senate House, which they renamed Solomon Mahlangu House during protests against fee increases in October last year.

Earlier, students threw chunks of concrete and stones at security guards on the steps outside the Great Hall on the East Campus.

They were upset that security was preventing them from getting into Senate House. Police were called and students were allowed to go in.

The Student Representative Council criticised university management for calling in police and making use of private security.

“This shows how the universities use their autonomy to silence communities. The large portion of the university community is students, yet they want us to say, 'Yes ma'am, yes baas', but this is our movement,” Mkhari said.

Mkhari said students felt uncomfortable sharing information on their plans, as it was being used against them.

“Once we do so, we will find police there and we won’t be able to move forward with our plans,” he said.

Police were visible at Wits during the day’s protests, including on its education and medical school campuses.


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