Dlamini calls on Wits to postpone exams

2016-11-09 17:41
Mcebo Dlamini in court. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Mcebo Dlamini in court. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg – Shortly after he was released on bail on Wednesday, student leader Mcebo Dlamini warned there would be consequences if Wits University did not postpone exams to January.

"Our people are not ready psychologically. We are now making a call to the university that before noon today, before the day ends today, they must announce two sittings or 'die poppe sal dans' [there will be trouble]."

He, however, backtracked and said students would peacefully object should Vice Chancellor Adam Habib not heed the call.

Dlamini was speaking after he was released on R2 000 bail by the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge. He is facing charges of violating a court order, public violence, assault, theft, and damage to property. He was arrested on October 16.

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng set three bail conditions: he is not allowed to make contact with witnesses, he is not allowed to interfere with the police investigation, and he is not allowed to disrupt campus activity. Mokgoatlheng said the charges against him were serious.

By two sittings, Dlamini meant that students should write exams in January, and then sit for supplementary exams if they failed.

Wits began undergraduate and postgraduate exams this month.

There would be “mass failures” if exams continued, Dlamini said.

"There will be a great mass failure if our people are forced to write exams under these conditions, under torture."

The “torture” and curfews had prevented them from studying for their exams, he claimed.

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