Wits students reject council meeting

2015-10-16 20:43
A clear message to Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

A clear message to Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg – A proposal by Wits University’s council chairperson that students' demands for no fee increase be discussed on Saturday was met with shouts of disapproval.

“This level of decision making that you are asking me, I cannot do it on my own,” Randall Carolissen told hundreds of students at the Senate House Concourse, on the East Campus in Braamfontein, around 20:00 on Friday evening.

His statement was met with shouting.

“I will commit to you that we are going to have a council meeting first thing tomorrow morning,” he said, to more shouts of disapproval.

Carolissen, Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib, and three other university officials were seated at a table, surrounded by singing and shouting students. 

Students wanted their demands to be met there and then. They are demanding that fees not be increased by 10.5% next year.

They had been protesting against the increase since Wednesday. They blocked exits, prevented people from entering and leaving, and caused lectures to be suspended.

“We are not asking for much,” former SRC president Mcebo Dlamini told students. 

Carolissen objected to the way the protesters had been holding members of staff on campus against their will.

“Wits students have a right to protest. But if we have a situation where we have people trapped on campus and their kids are alone at home, we cannot have that.”

He said the institution’s leadership was taking their demands seriously.

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