Wits University supports students’ demands in #FeesMustFall

The university says council members made several concessions to try & ease 2016’s financial burden.

FILE: A Wits student stands inside Senate House on campus on 19 October 2015 during protests over a proposed fee increase for the 2016 year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University has released a statement saying it supports students' demands for more funding.

Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib will lead a delegation of vice chancellors to the Union Buildings tomorrow, to meet with President Jacob Zuma and student leaders.

Wits University says it's determined to find a solution to this impasse and will work to find a creative solution to both short and long term funding issues.

It says it has heard the voices of students and council members have made several concessions to try and ease the financial burden for next year.

Council is still open to negotiating with students to find a speedy solution as exams start in 10 days.

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University students across the country are calling for a deeper look at the conditions that they claim have led to a 'disconnect' between economics and humanity.

Speaking on talk shows this morning, students shared a range of views about the Fees Must Fall protests, with some arguing it's time for a new funding model for universities.

Students say this is a big moment in the country's history and the time has come to think differently about education.

They said South Africans cannot confine the debate to economics.

"It's matter of balancing the argument," one student said.

Corruption and an outdated funding model are being blamed for a lack of funding to universities.

Another student said, "I urge you to look at the costing methodologies that you currently use within your institution and I'm 100 percent sure that most of it is archaic."

While some students have disassociated themselves from the protests, others say they won't back down until their demands are met.


At the same time, Wits University students say they're ready to march to the Union Buildings tomorrow to highlight their cause.

Thousands of students made their way back to campus, after handing over a memorandum at Luthuli House this afternoon.

Students sang and danced at the Great Hall when they arrived from Luthuli House, proud of their resilience today.

Many have now started dispersing.

They'll be back in the morning to catch buses to Pretoria.

Wits University meanwhile has released a statement saying it supports students' demands for more funding.

Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib will lead a delegation of vice-chancellors to the Union Buildings tomorrow to meet with the President and student leaders.


The African National Congress(ANC) has said it's in full support of student demands for a zero percent fee increment for the 2016 academic year.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe held a briefing outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg today.

He said the state must be given more power to regulate universities so it can intervene when mistakes are made.

Mantashe also strongly criticised university vice chancellors, saying the protest, which reached the Parliamentary precinct, was the result of their actions.

Mantashe blamed university management for the clashes, saying vice chancellors take unilateral decisions to increase fees and then pass the buck onto government.

"Vice chancellors must take responsibility for the decisions they make. If you announce the fee increase without consulting, because it has become tradition in universities, they must take responsibility for that."

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