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Wits students protest over funding, registration issues

The students claim they’ve been promised money for this academic year through the NSFAS.

Wits University. Picture: joburg.org.za.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Students Congress (Sasco) says a group of students is protesting at the University of the Witwatersrand this afternoon over problems with funding and registration.

The students claim they have been promised money for this academic year through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme but are now being forced to pay outstanding amounts from 2014.

A final-year law student says he can't register until he has signed an acknowledgment of debt owed to the institution which he claims forces him to pay the money out of his own pocket.

"I can't afford my fees and that is why I filled out the forms and they've seen my financial crisis."

The university's vice-chancellor Adam Habib is expected to hold a briefing this afternoon to clarify issues around the latest round of registrations.

The university has said it's working through a backlog of funding applications and is on track to resolve them by next month.