University students gathered at Wits, aim to disrupt operations

They say they are demonstrating against the suspension of students, who’ve been excluded for not paying fees.

Students shut down campus with some also vandalising university. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Students from various varsities have gathered at Wits University's Braamfontein campus, in a bid to shut down all operations.

The students say they are demonstrating against the suspension of students, who have been excluded for not paying their fees.

When the current academic year began, universities across the country agreed that all students could register, but on condition that they pay a portion of their fees by the end of the first quarter of the year.

Students were made to sign a form of consent of debt.

But the first quarter came to an end last month, and thousands of students have now been excluded.

Chumani Maxwele from the University of Cape Town, says the struggle for free education continues.

Maxwele says students and their parents simply can't afford the fees.

Students here say their mission today is to shut down the campus.

They've also stopped those who were in a queue to pay their fees from doing so.

To view EWN's 'Year of the Student' feature on student protests in 2015, click here.