Wits students threaten to make country ungovernable

Wits student leaders have approached Cosatu and other trade unions to stage a national shutdown.

Students at Wits throw bricks at private security stationed outside Senate House during #FeesMustFall protests. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Wits University SRC president Kefentse Mkhari has warned that they'll render the country ungovernable, if government doesn't heed their call for free education this week.

Students and religious leaders met at the university's Solomon Mahlangu House yesterday, to discuss the current crisis at tertiary institutions.

Violent protests erupted at Wits last week, with running battles between private security and students on campus.

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Students also marched to Cosatu house where they called on the trade union federation to join their struggle for free education.

Mkhari says among their plans this week is to approach the South African council of Churches and taxi associations to support their cause.

"Right now we want free education and if government won't commit itself to giving us free education, we will run this country ungovernable."

Former SRC president Mcebo Dlamini says they've spoken to the 52 unions that left Cosatu and will be led by the National Union of Metalworkers to stage a national shutdown.

At the same time, the higher education parents dialogue has called on its peers to join their children in fighting for free tertiary learning.

Meanwhile, three petrol bombs were found at the university's Braamfontein campus. The African National Congress says the discovery of the petrol bombs shows the protests have been hijacked.