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Wits & SRC reach various agreements

Wits University and the SRC have agreed to four strategies in dealing with historic debt.

FILE: Wits university students joined campus staff who protested over issues of employee outsourcing on 28 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University says it's reached an agreement over a range of issues with the Student Representative Council (SRC) including historic debt for students who have been unable to register for the academic year.

The agreement states the SRC and the university are committed to an ultimate goal of free education for students who qualify academically, but cannot afford it.

Wits says it's addressing residence and food security issues.

WATCH: Fees must fall reloaded.

Wits and the SRC have agreed to four strategies in dealing with historic debt including approaching the provincial government for funding.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Tawana Kupe says students owing between R1 and R1,000 will roll the debt over into this year's fees and still be allowed to register.

"It's a fairly small amount and we used to say R500 but we've increased it to R1,000."

He says students who can prove that they are fully funded for this year can still register while the SRC and university will continue to raise funds elsewhere.

"They will sign an acknowledgement for historic debt and then they can register."

Kupe says the university has also agreed that the varsity council must urgently make a decision on a minimum wage ranging from R4,000 to R4,500 for insourced workers.

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