Sasco: Mysterious ‘dark forces’ behind Wits disruptions

Classes were disrupted and a lecture hall was set alight, allegedly by protesting students.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Student group South African Students Congress(Sasco) says it believes there is a third force involved in the recent vandalism at Wits, calling it a dark force which seeks to de-legitimise the efforts of the Fees Must Fall campaign.

A lecture hall at Wits was set alight, allegedly by students who have been protesting over fees earlier this week.

Classes were disrupted by dozens of students who said they had been excluded because they have not paid their fees.

Sasco's Buthanani Ngwane says they are disgusted by the acts of vandalism and disruption of classes at Wits this week, and along with disruptions at the Tshwane University of Technology earlier this year.

"The provincial task team of Sasco in Gauteng has noted, with utter disgust, the acts of disruption of classes in institutions of higher learning, by dark forces."

He says they believe there is a mysterious third force using students to push their own political agenda.

He claims they flew students from Cape Town and bussed others from Limpopo, specifically to disrupt Wits.

Sasco has called on students to reject any influence that condones violence or disruption of classes.