Wits raises nearly R2m for needy students’ tuition

Wits SRC president says efforts are still underway to raise more funds.

FILE: Wits University. Picture: joburg.org.za.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University's Student Representative Council (SRC) says it has raised nearly R2 million through its 1 million 1 month campaign.

The initiative was launched at the beginning of February, in an effort to raise funds for needy students to cover their tuition.

The major donors include Vice Chancellor Adam Habib and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke who pledged R50,000 each.

Advocate George Bizos, a former student at the university has also contributed R5,000 of his personal money to the initiative.

SRC President Mcebo Dlamini says efforts are still underway to raise more funds.

"The campaign is not closed, it is going to continue. Now we are negotiating with big foundations like the Motsepe foundation, the Jacob Zuma foundation, Thabo Mbeki foundation. We are engaging with those to assist us."

In January, Habib warned that any students who staged violent protests over funding will face immediate expulsion.

Meanwhile, classes at the Tshwane University of Technology are still suspended as student protest over financial aid shortages.