1 arrested as Wits students disrupt classes

2016-10-11 13:01
A heavy police presence at Wits University. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

A heavy police presence at Wits University. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg - A student was arrested at Wits University on Tuesday, after a group tried to disrupt lectures, the institution's spokesperson, Shirona Patel, said.

"A group of about six students tried to disrupt a lecture on the Wits Education Campus, but security stepped in and they ran away. The police followed them and are currently managing the situation. One student has been arrested."

Patel said Wits intended completing the 2016 academic year and ensure all students wrote exams.

She said management was concerned about the level of trauma and stress students and staff had been exposed to recently. The university’s Counselling and Careers Development Unit was providing counselling for students and staff.

The dean of students invited 20 student representatives to meet management, but the students did not take the up offer, she said. 

Wits was open to holding an imbizo with students, provided it did not take place during teaching time, was facilitated independently, allowed for two-way conversation, and was planned in advance.  

 "We are open to engaging with students from all societies and mediators to try to find a negotiated settlement."


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