The #FeesMustFall2016 disruptions at Wits to continue until the university declares an official shut down.
Incoming SRC president Kefentse Mkhari has told Wits University students to keep the momentum of protest going today until the university declares a shutdown.
“Once the university declares a shutdown, then we can meet to strategise way forward,” Mkhari told students at the Empire Road entrance to the university. The meeting is expected to begin at 4pm today.
Outgoing SRC president, Nompendulo Mkhatshwa told students that after being blocked from entering Solomon Mahlangu House, the protesters told university management that they would block all entrances to the university.
“If you won’t let us into Senate, we will block entrances. You can’t enter, you can’t leave,” she told students.
Mkhatshwa assured the protesting students that the law was on their side and there was no need to panic.
“What we are doing is not illegal, the law can’t turn against us,” she said.,
Koketso Poho, Wits EFF Chair, said that in order to be more effective, students had to disperse and cover all entrances.
“Please can some students head on over to Flower Hall to support the other comrades, they’re outnumbered by police.” he said.
A few minutes ago, Wits University issued a statement saying Campus Control (Wits security) was working on clearing blockages at gates which is preventing entrance to and exit from the campus.
The protest started today after Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, recommended that universities prescribe their own fee increases capped at 8%. Wits University said in a statement that they would analyse the recommendations and consult with different stakeholders before going forth with recommendation to the university Council.