Wits extends shutdown as students march to Cosatu House
Wits has been rocked by ‘Fees Must Fall’ protests since Blade Nzimande's announcement on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG - As Wits University students march to Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) House this afternoon to lobby it for support, the institution has extended its shutdown until further notice.
Wits has been rocked by "Fees Must Fall" protests since Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande's announcement on Monday, that universities can raise tuition fees for the 2017 academic year, but the increments will be capped at eight percent.
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Students are marching to Cosatu's headquarters this afternoon, seeking support from the labour federation in pushing government to implement free education.
As protests at Wits University intensify, the university has announced it has extended the suspension of academic activities on campus.
The university says if conditions conducive to the delivery of the academic programme do not improve, it may even have to consider the closure of the university, including the residences in the interests of the safety and security of our staff, students and property.
On Wednesday, classes were called off for the week.
Now management says it may have to take more drastic steps if the safety of students, staff and university property is put at risk.
University spokesperson Shirona Patel says, "Wits may have to consider the temporary closure of the university, including the residences. And this is in the interest of protecting the staff, students and property. We will keep all stakeholders, including staff, students and parents informed via official communication channels."
Meanwhile, the students have arrived at the Cosatu House and will deliver a memorandum to the federation's leadership.