Wits students protest for accommodation in solidarity with fellow universities

#FeesMustFall’s Busisiwe Seabe says the accommodation problem stretches beyond Wits and UCT.

FILE: Wits University students began their #FeesMustFall campaign in January and managed to shut down registration for two days. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The #FeesMustFall movement says it plans to fight for students who have not received a place in residence in a show of solidarity with other institutions currently protesting.

Members occupied the university's administration block last night, calling for additional residences.

The movement's Busisiwe Seabe says the accommodation problem stretches beyond Wits University and University of Cape Town (UCT).

"There is a lot at the moment that is wrong with the university and the country as a whole. We are standing in solidarity with UKZN, Fort Hare and UCT."

Wits says it's working on a plan to accommodate students who are still waiting on funding.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said, "Students are sleeping in libraries and outside campus. They have been taken over by the dean of students' office and given emergency accommodation. There are a number of students who are still waiting for the Nsfas appeals to take place and we have given them temporary accommodation."

Earlier this week, Wits management said additional security would be deployed following the torching of a bus which was transporting students to a residence in Parktown.

The vehicle was petrol bombed on Wednesday night as students were being dropped off at their residence.

The university Student Representative Council (SRC) said the torching of one of its buses is undoing the gains made during the #FeesMustFall protests, and has accused some students of bringing anarchy to the university.

The council condemned the petrol bombing of the bus incident.


Meanwhile, student activist group 'Rhodes Must Fall', has called for the arrest of UCT vice-chancellor, Max Price.

The group yesterday laid criminal charges against Price and other university officials following this week's violent protests that erupted on campus.

Police were called in to disperse protesters who were demonstrating over a shortage of student accommodation.

The situation turned ugly, leading to the arrest of a number of people.

The Rhodes Must Fall movement's Cathy Phukubje said the alleged brutality against some of its members must not go unpunished.

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