Wits SRC: Talks underway for national march over free education

Wits student leader Fasiha Hassan says they want to join forces with other institutions for a national march.

Students arrive at the great hall for a meeting. Picture Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University student leaders say talks are underway with leaders from other institutions to organise a nationally coordinated march for free education and take their demand to directly to government.

Students held a mass meeting on Thursday night to map a way forward.

They have been protesting against Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement that universities determine their own fee increases.

The student leaders say the only way government will listen and respond swiftly to the demand for free education is if all students across the country unite.

Wits University SRC Secretary General Fasiha Hassan says they want to join forces with other institutions for a national march for free education.

"At this point for next week we're looking to speaking Gauteng SRC. You'll see there was some protests action at the University of Pretoria. UJ is still on vacation break, so we're trying to see how we can coordinate that but there's a more nationally coordinator."

Following a marathon meeting last night, protesting students are expected to be briefed today on a plan for the next few days.