Wits to decide stance on fee increase in council meeting

While protesting students discuss way forward, Wits says it’ll announce its position at the end of the month.

Students arrive at the Great Hall for a meeting. Picture Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University students are in a closed meeting this afternoon, discussing their plan of action for the rest of the day.

Students have been protesting for four days, demanding free education.

Yesterday, police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who tried to take their protest onto the streets of downtown Johannesburg.

At the same time, the university says it will decide its position on fee increases during its council meeting at the end of this month.

But, a student at the institution says they will only accept one outcome from that meeting.

"We are still going to fight until they give us that zero percent increase, we will allow them for now but it's not over yet, because we want free education."

Student leaders have already indicated they want to join forces with other institutions for a national march for free education.

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