Battle over increased tuition fees continues at Wits

The university has advised students & staff not to use its Yale Road entrance because of the protest.

FILE: Student protest on Wednesday 14 October 2015 after Wits University proposed an increase of 10.5 percent in tuition fees for 2016. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University students have gathered to continue protesting over the increase in tuition fees.

The university has advised students and staff not to use its Yale Road entrance because of the protest.

University spokesperson Shirona Patel said, "We did have some students trying to block the Yale Road north entrance earlier. However our campus security has moved them to a designated area where they can protest. We advise stuff and students trying to come to campus to use all the other gates aside from the Yale Road north gate."

At the same time, the university says it has bolstered security and that lectures will resume this morning.

Patel says students will be addressed by deputy vice-chancellor Andrew Crouch.

"The university has been made aware that the students will continue with their protests today and plans to stop people from entering or leaving the campus. However, deputy vice-chancellor Andrew Crouch has sent out a notice and indicated that it will be business as usual. He says additional security personnel has been deployed to all gates."

All lectures and tests were suspended on Wednesday after students staged a sit in and blocked all access to the institution.

Students and staff who were not involved in the protest say they were trapped on campus until late last night when protesters eventually dispersed.

Some had even abandoned their cars to catch public transport.

WATCH: Wits students block campus access points

Vice chancellor Adam Habib will today attend a meeting by the higher education and training inter-ministerial committee where issues over fee increases are expected to be discussed.

He's been accused of lying and criticised for failing to personally address the students.

Patel says management made various attempt to address the crowd and Habib was not on campus.

"For safety reasons, Habib has not come to the campus. He is however making his way to a meeting with the minister this morning."

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Lecturers defend students from police. Undoubtedly, the most beautiful thing I witnessed today.