Some Wits students plan silent march for classes to resume

A group of students said it wants lectures to resume in a peaceful and non-violent manner.

#TakeBackWits students gather at Wits University's Great Hall. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A group of students under the banner of "Take back our Wits" are expected to march from the institution's science stadium and sit on the stairs of the Great Hall for a silent march.

The students say they want the academic programme to resume.

Yesterday, Wits University agreed to suspend the academic programme for the remainder of the week following talks with former leaders and SRC.

The group of students said it wants lectures to resume in a peaceful and non-violent manner.

It says while it sympathises with the #FeesMustFall movement it wants to save the academic year.

Group representative Stuart Young says they want the voices of the 77% of students who voted to go back to class last week to be heard.



"We'll be there at the General Assembly. Obviously today we need to get our movement up and running. So today there's a silent non-violent march starting at Wits at 10am."

Last night, the university announced it had reached an agreement with mediators to suspend academic activity for the remainder of the week.



This came after a day of running battles between police and protesting students.

At least two police officers, a lecturer and some students were injured during violent confrontations.

After Wits management held a meeting with former leaders of the Black Students Society, the SRC and religious leaders yesterday, the university promised to withdraw police from all its campuses.

But a strong police contingent can be seen at the university this morning. A water canon was also seen arriving.