Wits will only stop if it’s free



October 4, 2016
Wits will only stop if it’s free
Rubber bullets, stun grenades fired at Wits

Students across the country continued to protest for zero fee hikes as government called for calm and the resumption of classes.

However, protesting students at the Witwatersrand University (Wits) yesterday said the institution would remain closed until their demands for free education were met.

The institution has been on lockdown for over two weeks following violent protests by students, demanding free higher education.

At the weekend, the institution’s management resolved to re-open the university today.

But yesterday hundreds of protesting students met at the Solomon Mahlangu House saying the university would remain closed.

A student leader, using a loudhailer, asked staff and media to leave the venue because the university “was not open today and wouldn’t be open on Tuesday and would remain closed until they have free education”.

In PE at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, one student was arrested following protests along University Way near the North Campus.

Police confirmed the arrest of a 22-year-old student after barricades were set alight.

In Durban at the University of KwaZulu Natal, small groups of protesters disrupted classes.

The university’s Lesiba Seshoka said they received reports of sporadic protest at the Westville and Howard College campuses, but remained open.

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