Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:23

Business as usual at Wits University

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Classes are continuing as normal on Tuesday, following the disruption of lectures on Monday, says a Senior Executive Team of Wits University.


“Wits has strengthened security and secured all major lecture venues and access points. All activities of the university continue as usual,” the executive team said in a statement.

Approximately 150 individuals disrupted lectures and started a fire in an empty lecture theatre on the Braamfontein campus, on Monday.

Thanks to the quick reaction of campus control, the fire was quickly extinguished and electricity was restored to the building.

The executive team has condemned the behaviour, adding that it believed that Monday’s protest was a politically orchestrated campaign with larger national objectives.

“The individuals, who addressed the student groups today [Monday] were from Wits, other universities in Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and some political parties. The individuals were calling for free education for all now.

“The university has requested the police to intervene and to arrest the individuals for their criminal behaviour and for contravening a court order that was granted earlier this year.

“These are criminal acts and the university will deal with this matter decisively using all means at its disposal,” said the executive team.

The team also announced that suspension orders are being issued to individuals who are Wits staff or students and barring orders have been put in place for all non-Wits members who engaged in illegal activities.

Student fees

Meanwhile, the university said it has proactively established systems to ensure that no student is deregistered for not paying fees, provided that they enter into a payment plan with the university.

Students and staff have been urged to report any incidents to campus control in person or via telephone at (011) 717-4444 or (011) 717-6666.

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