Wits registration disrupted by #FeesMustFall protest

Some of the first years say they’ve been waiting since 6am and have still not been able to register.

Wits Fees Must Fall members protested on 11 January 2016 as first years queued around them for registration. Picture: EWN/Govan Whittles.

JOHANNESBURG - The start of registration at Wits University has been disrupted by protesting students, who have occupied Senate House and the fees office this morning.

#FeesMustFall Wits registration slightly disrupted. Student enrollment center and fees office closed. GW pic.twitter.com/5NlKTC0art

The university says it has started using satellite offices after demonstrators refused to allow first years to access the student enrolment centre.

Wits Fees Must Fall members Sarah Mokwebo says this protest is part of their ongoing struggle for free education.

"We want them to scrap registration fees across the entire university. This needs to apply to everyone, whether you have NSFAS or not and if you're too poor to actually pay fees for yourself, including students with bursaries."

#FeesMustFall Students want Wits to scrap its registration fee of R9000. Wits extended payment deadline for NSFAS & bursary students. GW

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says they anticipated the disruption and have activated a back-up plan.

#FeesMustFall Wits confirms physical registration has been suspended until Wednesday. Students urged to register online & telephonically.

"The fees office, however, remains closed at this stage. We may reopen it in the next hour or two. We are assessing the situation at the moment or we may well open a satellite office."

Some of the first years say they've been waiting since 6am and have still not been able to register.