Wits poll: Management, students discuss next step
More than 16,000 students, or 77 percent of those polled, want to return to class, according to a poll.
Management and protesting students have held meetings to decide what action they will take following the results of a poll, which show more than 16,000 students, or 77 percent of those polled, want to return to class.
#Fees2017 Wits Poll results on whether to reopen:— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 30, 2016
Total votes - 21730
Yes - 16739 (77%)
No - 4991 (23%)
While they deliberate, academic staff have expressed their support for protesting students, saying they want to work in an environment where finances aren't used to exclude deserving students.
Wits student leader Fasiha Hassan says students will discuss what position to take.
"We'll wait for the outcome of the mass meeting, but we're not going to back down until we've had some victory."
The university's Shirona Patel says management is open to engaging with students.
Meanwhile, lecturer David Hornsby says while staff want lectures to resume, they also want better funding.
"We don't want anybody who's qualified to be excluded from participation on the basis of costs."
A final announcement is yet to be made about what will happen on Monday.