We need to go to class now - anxious Wits students

By Drum Digital
29 October 2015

Classes resumed at Wits University on Thursday morning amid a heavy police presence, with students saying they now need to focus on exams.

Several police vans were parked at the main entrance of the campus, with policemen keeping a close watch on students.

First-year BA accounting student Thandolwethu Mnguni said she was upset about classes being disrupted by die-hard protesters on Wednesday.

"We are about to write our exams and they walk into our classes, chasing us out. It's delaying the process of our exams," she told News24 on campus on Thursday morning.

The outsourcing of workers - one of the reasons for the protests - was not an issue that would be resolved quickly, she added.

"Already we have wasted so much time... and all we need to do is to go to class."

Another BA accounting student, Thandeka Ndlovu, agreed.

"I don't appreciate what happened yesterday. It was not necessary for the protest to be violent. We want to go back to class," said Ndlovu.

After more than two weeks of protests on campuses countrywide against high tuition fees, most universities returned to normal on Wednesday, but at Wits fires were started on Tuesday night, students were intimidated into not going back to class, a photographer was reportedly assaulted and a security guard was hit by flying rocks on Thursday.

A third-year law student, Fana, who did not want to give his surname, said he was very angry about the violence on campus. He witnessed a student being attacked for wanting to go to class.

"I thought the protest was over... I'm hoping that today we will go back to class in peace."

Source: News24

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