#Fees2017: Wits SRC calls for complete shutdown

Students say they want all Wits campuses to stop operations.

Outside Wits University on 23 September 2016 where students were protesting against an increase in fees for 2017. Picture: Twitter ‏@naztyboy

JOHANNESBURG - Protesting students at Wits University say they want all campus activity to be stopped immediately amid ongoing demonstrations over fees.

Students today marched to the Wits medical campus calling for classes there to also be suspended until the protests end.

Demonstrations at the university have entered a second week as students maintain their protest for free higher education.

Students say they want all Wits campuses to be shut down including the medical campus, which is currently operating as normal.

The group is expected to hand over a memorandum to university's management to raise several grievances including that of free education.

Wits SRC secretary general Fassiah Hassan says "Students are required to submit assignments and assessments despite the fact that the academic program is closed. Many of those students don't have access to textbooks, computer labs etc."

Vice chancellor Adam Habib has warned the university could be completely shut down if the protests persist.