Protesting Wits students face immediate expulsion

There are talks of protests by Wits students if their NSFAS funding woes are not resolved.

University of the Witwatersrand. Picture: University of the Witwatersrand Facebook Page.

JOHANNESBURG - With a looming funding crisis at the University of the Witwatersrand, Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib has warned any students who stage violent protests will face immediate expulsion.

Last year, students at various institutions including the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg staged violent protests over financial aid shortages from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

There have now been talks of possible protests by Wits students if their funding worries are not resolved.

With less than three weeks until the final registration day, a frustrated student says she doesn't know whether she'll be funded to study this year.

"I don't have the R9,000 to at least register for now. My residence application is on hold because I have outstanding fees that were not paid from last year."

Meanwhile, members of the Wits Economic Freedom Fighters say they will not be influenced by the university's threats of expulsion.

The institution has been allocated over R170 million by the NSFAS, a subsidy it says will only fund around 10 percent of those who have applied for financial aid.