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Wits registration disrupted by #FeesMustFall protest

Some of the first years say they’ve been waiting since 6am and have still not been able to register.

Wits Fees Must Fall members protested on 11 January 2016 as first years queued around them for registration. Picture: EWN/Govan Whittles.
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JOHANNESBURG - The start of registration at Wits University has been disrupted by protesting students, who have occupied Senate House and the fees office this morning.

The university says it has started using satellite offices after demonstrators refused to allow first years to access the student enrolment centre.

Wits Fees Must Fall members Sarah Mokwebo says this protest is part of their ongoing struggle for free education.

“We want them to scrap registration fees across the entire university. This needs to apply to everyone, whether you have NSFAS or not and if you're too poor to actually pay fees for yourself, including students with bursaries.”

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says they anticipated the disruption and have activated a back-up plan.

“The fees office, however, remains closed at this stage. We may reopen it in the next hour or two. We are assessing the situation at the moment or we may well open a satellite office.”

Some of the first years say they’ve been waiting since 6am and have still not been able to register.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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