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Wits to rename Senate House after Solomon Mahlangu

Wits says a formal process is underway to rename Senate House after a proposal was approved yesterday.

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 says a formal process is underway to rename its Senate House after struggle stalwart Solomon Mahlangu.

The university's Naming Committee approved a long-standing proposal by the Student Representative council yesterday.

The building, which has become the epicenter of the student movement, was used as a place of meeting during ' Fees Must Fall' protests last year.

Wits SRC Statement 6 April 2016: Today 37 years since Solomon Mahlangu was hanged, the Wits SRC's demand to rename...

Posted by Wits SRC on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wits SRC spokesperson Fasiah Hassan says the renaming is a fitting gesture to commemorate the death of Mahlangu, who was sentenced to be hanged 37 years ago - this week.

"It seems only fitting that we should start to rewrite the injustices of the past. This is a huge step towards the decolonisation and the transformation process at Wits University in particular."

She says this is the first big step as the university's council will now have to deliberate on the recommendation.

"Of course we have got student representation there and we are confident that it will pass through council and it will be set in stone."

The Committee has considered a number of proposals for the renaming of buildings and spaces at Wits as part of its transformation plan.

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