Wits students intensify protests

Students have moved to Senate House demanding answers about next year's fee increases.

Students have begun a sit-in. Reinart Toerien/EWN.

#Wits Now: In great hall on campus- Students vow not to let VC Adam Habib go until emergency council meeting held. pic.twitter.com/ZUmNbpcs2m

Vice chancellor Adam Habib arrived on campus earlier today to address students, but he was only able to interact with a few individuals.

It's the third consecutive day students have blocked entrances to the campus, saying they don't want learning to continue unless this issue is addressed.

It's understood the students want to hold an emergency council meeting to address the issue of next year's 10.5 percent increase.

Habib is sitting on the floor at Senate House surrounded by hundreds of students.

#Wits Habib sitting right in the middles with students. GN pic.twitter.com/gQHwK508Vd

They asked him to make an announcement on loudspeaker to convene an emergency council meeting.

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Councillors are apparently only available tomorrow, and the students have now vowed to stay there until then.

They want the issue of higher fees to be addressed urgently, saying they will ensure no learning takes place until it's resolved.


The university students say they're waiting for an urgent council meeting to convene over fee increases and plan to stay on campus until the issue is resolved.

Habib is sitting with students and has cancelled a meeting he was meant to attend in Durban today with Higher education officials.

Students are defiant, saying they'll stage a sit-in until council members discuss the issue of fee increases and address their grievances.

They do not want an increase at all, saying tertiary education should be freely accessible.

Incoming SRC president Nompendulo Mkatshwa told students they would sit there for as long as it took.

"We will sit here until we are addressed."

Campus security and police are monitoring the situation, but students are still not allowing any vehicles to enter the campus.