Wits Medical School entrances blocked by protesters

Around two dozen students have gathered with more expected to join as the day progresses.

Wits Students are now sitting near the entrance to the Medical school blocking cars from entering on 20 October 2015. Picture: Ziyanda Nngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of students has blockaded the entrance to the Wits Medical School in Parktown.

#FeesMustFall #Wits More students arriving to join their colleagues outside Medical school campus in Parktown. ZN pic.twitter.com/pQ2bNppDm7

Yesterday, discussions between students and wits management broke down after council members insisted on speaking outside the Great Hall and not inside Senate House.

The so-called #FeesMustFall Campaign spread from Wits University in Johannesburg to UCT, Rhodes and now Fort Hare and even Stellenbosch.

Lectures have been suspended at Wits, UCT and Rhodes for two days now.

Tense moments erupted when students overturned a car outside the university claiming it had come charging towards them.

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Students have put up a sign saying they won't be making any more public statements accusing reporters of twisting their words.

#FeeMustFall #Wits Students here say they won't speak to the media because it takes their words and twists them. ZN pic.twitter.com/oXZtokkRkk

There's around two dozen students with more expected to join as the day progresses.

They continue to sing and chant in front of the gates of the medical school campus.

Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib left for Cape Town yesterday where a meeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is set to take place.

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The South African Students Congress (Sasco) has called for a national day of action in support of the campaign.

The student body says it wants all of the country's universities to be shut down by students and believes the debate around the cost of varsity education can no longer be delayed.

Sasco president Nthuthuko Makhobthi says tomorrow all of its structures and SRC affiliates will protest on campuses across the country.

"To ensure the university programme as we have seen in Wits does not continue."

He says the rate of fee increases has troubled students for several years and they've now had enough.

"If we don't find solutions now then we are going to see more protests next year at the beginning of the year around the country as we always see. We need to make a big impact."

Makhombothi says Sasco supports the decision by students to block the entrances and exits of the institutions.

"If that's a tactic they decide to use and is effective on campus then we support that."

Student representative body says it will meet with its members today to finalise arrangements for the protests.

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