Student protesters: Wits will suspend academic activity until Friday
The announcement was made by student leader and former SRC president Mcebo Dlamini.
JOHANNESBURG - Protesting students at Wits University say management has agreed to suspend all academic activity until a general assembly that has been set down for Friday.
The announcement was made by student leader and former SRC president Mcebo Dlamini a short while ago.
#Fees2017 Students leaders say the decision to keep Wits closed until Friday's assembly was taken during a meeting with management tonight.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 4, 2016
The general assembly is expected to be a gathering of students, management, university employees and mediators, including Advocate Dali Mpofu.
#Fees2017 Mpofu says the task ahead is to drum up support for the students' cause before Friday's general assembly. TM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 4, 2016
At least five students have been released after they were arrested during confrontations with police earlier today.
Demonstrators have since accused officers of being heavy-handed in their handling of the fees protests after officers lobbed stun grenades and fired rubber bullets at them.
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The university's Shirona Patel says a formal agreement will be announced soon.
"The elders, as they're so called, or former SRC presidents, have now gone to the students to consult with them and we are waiting for them to come back to the meeting with management to see if we can reach a deal."
#Fees2017 Mcebo Dlamini says students at Wits want management to give students two weeks to catch up with their work when/if protests end.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 4, 2016