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Wits calls off registrations amid #FeesMustFall protests

Students have now been asked to register online or telephonically for the next two days.

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 - Wits University has suspended physical registration due to protests by the Fees Must Fall movement.

Students have now been asked to register online or telephonically for the next two days.

During this time, university management will meet with the SRC and other student leaders to discuss their demands.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says the decision to suspend registration was taken due to the disruptions.

“There was a sit-in and people were not being allowed to register, we did get many through earlier this morning. But we’ve now decided to take the registrations online.”

The SRC secretary general Fasiha Hassan says this is a victory for their cause.

“It’s a short-term strategy that we’re using to achieve these goals and it is going well so far. It is exactly how we’d like it to be.”

First-year students and parents who had formed long queues dispersed, with some saying they're disappointed at having wasted their time.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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