Wits agrees to resume academic programme on Monday

The institution has also agreed to withdraw police to the perimeter of the university's campuses.

Fees must fall protests sees Wits university shut down after clashes with police. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University has confirmed an agreement has been reached with mediators and that the academic programme will now resume on Monday.

The university's management were locked in talks with former leaders of the black student society, SRC and religious leaders on Tuesday evening following a day of running battles between students and police.

The institution has also agreed to withdraw police to the perimeter of the university's campuses with a commitment from parties that there will be no violence.

A student assembly is expected to be held on Friday to address the funding crisis with parents and struggle stalwarts, such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The university's Shirona Patel said: "We understand that many people may not be entirely happy with this decision but it's the best negotiated outcome that we could get and it's in the broader interests of all stakeholders for us to save the 2016 academic year."

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Meanwhile, Wits University says it's aware of a voice note that has been circulating amongst students claiming that at least one white student would have to be killed for Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib to take their demands seriously.

The institution says it's legal and security departments are trying to trace the source of this message.

Patel said they believe the voice note is a scare tactic to those students who want classes to resume.

At the same time, Advocate Dali Mpofu, who's expressed his support for protesting Wits students apprehended by police yesterday, says he hopes an agreement will be reached so the academic programme can continue for the last few months of the year.

Mpofu helped release two students who were arrested and held at the Hillbrow police station yesterday.

He also engaged with students and met with Habib to discuss a way forward.

"We've been having discussions with some of the students leaders and we've got some positions which they've agreed, which we'll put to management. If we can get consensus on what should happen, then we'll be able to announce, together with the university, what should happen in the next 48 hours."