Advocate Mpofu warns Wits management to halt academic activities
Wits has announced that classes will continue tomorrow despite today's ‘Fees Must Fall’ protests.
However, Advocate Dali Mpofu has warned Wits management to halt academic activities on the university's campus while students are still fighting for free tertiary education.
Several people were taken to hospital, including at least one lecturer, following clashes between stone-throwing students and police officers who opened fire with tear gas and stun grenades.
Students who were arrested have since been released from the Hillbrow Police Station.
Mpofu acted as a legal representative to help secure their release.
As students listened patiently on the steps of the Great hall at Wits, Mpofu said students deserved to be directly addressed by the vice-chancellor Adam Habib.
"We've told Habib that he must come and engage with you as students, not through the media."
Mpofu has also encouraged students to remain calm during protests.
"We want you to fight your struggle the best way you want to fight it, but we don't want another Marikana or blood thirsty police force to ensure that people are going to be injured."
It's understood student leaders have accompanied Mpofu to a meeting with Habib to discuss the way forward.
The heavy police presence from earlier today has subsided.
Meanwhile, Acting Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane has rejected claims that the country is heading for another Marikana.
He earlier held a briefing in Parktown on the latest "Fees Must Fall" demonstrations.
He said he 'surged officers on the ground at universities to exercise maximum restraint, and he's directed senior South African Police Service members to take personal control of their actions.
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