Wits SRC leader not convinced of Habib's support for students

2015-10-22 20:22
Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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#FeesMustFall: No 2016 fee increase for Wits, VC Adam Habib to forgo performance bonus

2015-10-20 16:05

Wits University has suspended its decision to hike fees by 10.5% until negotiations reach an agreement.WATCH

Johannesburg - A Wits University student leader has snubbed a statement by the institution's management that they were in support of student demands for more government funding.

Wits University released a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying that Vice Chancellor Adam Habib would lead a delegation of vice chancellors to the union buildings in solidarity with the students on Friday to meet with President Jacob Zuma. It went on to say that the university was in support of the students' demands.

Yet SRC sub-committee member, Azra Karim, said this was the first they had heard of the statement by university management.

''I don't believe it's true. If Habib felt that way, then he would have come to address the students as we have been asking him to for days now. He keeps saying he wants to meet with student leaders," she said.

In stark contrast, Habib said in his statement that he was open to addressing students and was engaging with the student leadership for a convenient date and time.

"Wits has heard the voices of its students and recognises the financial burdens that they face. In this regard, Council has made several concessions pertaining to the upfront payment, the 2016 fee negotiation process, discounts for NSFAS and financially stressed students and the implementation of austerity measures. 

"The negotiation table is open to the student leaders and we are hopeful that they will take the opportunity to work with us to find a speedy resolution... especially since our examinations are only ten days away," the statement read.

On Wednesday, thousands of students marched to Luthuli House from Braamfontein to hand over a memorandum of demands. The students were demanding no fee hikes for 2016.

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