Students threaten to shut down Wits after fees announcement

2016-09-19 13:14
Police vehicles parked outside the Wits Great Hall (Tshidi Madia, News24)

Police vehicles parked outside the Wits Great Hall (Tshidi Madia, News24)

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Johannesburg - Students at the University of the Witwatersrand are divided on the way forward following Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement of an 8% cap on fee increases, with some calling for an immediate shutdown of the institution.

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Students gathered at the institution's Senate House, which was renamed Solomon Mahlangu House during #FeesMustFall protests last year, are consulting on a way forward, with some suggesting a plan to empty out classes and shut down the campus.

Wits Deputy SRC president Motheo Brody told News24 that student leaders will do whatever the students request.

"We will take our lead from the students, but one thing is for sure, Nzimande's suggestion is not acceptable."

Other students refused to protest.

"Last year I put my body on the line protesting against fees. I will not do that for a 0% increase," student activist Simamkele Dlakavu told News24.

Dlakavu attempted to address angry students shortly after Nzimande's announcement.

Read more on:    wits university  |  johannesburg  |  university protests  |  education  |  university fees

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