EFF endorses EFF Student Command’s protest at Wits

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have issued a statement calling on Wits to recognise the EFF as an official student society on campus, called the “EFF Student Command”.

This is in response to the Wits EFF staging a sit-in in the office of the vice chancellor, Professor Adam Habib over the past two days, to demand their registration.

EFF Calls on Wits university to recognize the EFF student command in campus

Economic Freedom Fighters fully supports the occupation of the Vice Chancellor’s office at the University of the Witwatersrand by students belonging to the EFF Student Command. The student fighters are demanding that the university officially recognize the EFF Student Command as a student organisation.

EFF Student  Command at Wits has been in a  struggle for recognition since its launch last year in August 2013. To be a formal student organisation allows it to function freely in campus in terms of venue bookings and access to other facilities. To this end, more than 500 students are signed up members of the EFF Student Command and many more want to be members.

It must be read as a suppression of the freedom of association and expression for the university to disallow the EFF Student Command to exist. The gates of the University of the Witwatersrand must be open to EFF because as an organisation, it is the number one choice for the people.

EFF further calls on Professor Adam Habib, the Vice Chancellor, to speedily give right of recognition to the EFF Student Command. Habib must also appreciate the spirit of robust democratic determination of the student fighters who in defiance of the decision to disallow their existence engage in non-violent protest. Threatening them with disciplinary charges is in itself a suppression a democratic right to protest and to defy unjust rules and decisions.

EFF must exist at Wits, students want it and it belongs to the students.”

Source: the official EFF website


Wits Vuvuzela: UPDATED: Habib responds to EFF protest on 11th floor, April 3 and EFF occupies VC’s office, April 2




The Passing of Tata Nelson Mandela: A tribute from the University of the Witwatersrand

Nelson Mandela received an honorary doctorate from Wits University. Pic: Wits University.

Nelson Mandela received an honorary doctorate from Wits University. Pic: Wits University.

Nelson Mandela’s alma mater, the University of the Witwatersrand released a statement early this morning to pay tribute to one of it’s greatest students. 


The University of the Witwatersrand extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the father of our nation and an international icon, who passed away on Thursday, 5 December 2013 at the age of 95. May his soul rest in peace.

Founding president of democratic South Africa, Tata Nelson Mandela changed the world as we know it. He has left a legacy that will benefit and inspire generations to come. He set an example for the rest of the world and created history on his journey through life.

We must celebrate his humility, his principles, his commitment to justice, peace and freedom during this time and we must never forget the values for which he fought so hard and for which he was prepared to die.

Tata Madiba, we walk in your footsteps, we are guided by your principles, and we live by your humanity. You are with us today, and your contribution as an alumnus of our University, as a fellow South African, as a comrade, and as the father of our young nation, is etched in history, and will live on forever.

You were of us, but you belonged to the world. You lived amongst us now, but your legacy will inspire for eternity.

Hamba Kahle Tata – You are in our hearts.

Professor Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University if the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg



Wits Vuvuzela: Farewell Nelson Mandela. December 6, 2013.