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Fresh tuition talks begin at Wits today

Yesterday, the university suspended a 10.5 percent tuition fee hike following a three-day student protest.

FILE. Hundreds of Wits University students protested on campus on 16 October 2015 over proposed tuition fee increases. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Student leaders at Wits University say they've used the weekend to strategise further, ahead of a meeting to discuss a tuition increase.

On Monday, management will report back to students on their demands for a complete halt of 10.5 percent fee hike.

Earlier this week, students and some Wits staff embarked on a three-day campus lockdown in protest against increments.

A deal was reached on Saturday between the university's Executive Council and students, committing to fresh negotiations.

Incoming SRC President Nompendulo Mkhatshwa says, "Now, they must play their role and we'll be there to put pressure on them, to support them as well as the people they're making the agreement with. We want to see these council members and see these negotiations unfold."

WATCH: Students at Wits University blocked access point into campus as they protested against the +10 percent increase in student fees for 2016.

At the same time, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says government remains concerned over the tuition hike at the institution.

Radebe says the ever rising tuition fees in the country's universities must be addressed.

"It's a matter of concern, the ever rising cost of university tuition in our country. I hope that the minister of Higher Education and Training - who I know is involved behind the scenes - tries to find an amicable solution."

WATCH: Most classes were cancelled as students at the University of the Witwatersrand protested for a third consecutive day over proposed tuition fee increases for 2016.

Meanwhile, Wits University says its Executive Council is expected to meet shortly, to begin fresh tuition talks.

Spokesperson Shirona Patel says Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib already has some proposals to put forward today.

"For next year, we're spending, I think it's about, R12 billion or so on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. He [Habib] is saying that if government can just put in R8 billion or more - that will cover the tuition fees of every student at every university."

All university activities have been suspended until Monday.

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