Protesting Wits students to meet management to 'find way forward'

Protests are now in the third week and have seen violent clashes with police and several arrests.

Protesting Wits University students at Hillbrow Magistrate Court to support their peers who were arrested Monday and yesterday. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Protesting Wits University student leaders are expected to meet with Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib from this hour to find a way forward and discuss plans for a national action.

While students continue with their call for free tertiary education, classes went ahead yesterday without disruption.

The demonstrations are now in the third week and have seen violent clashes with police and several arrests.

Student activist Busisiwe Seabe says: "In order to pass a way forward with regard to academic activities at the university and the continuation as to whether we're continuing or not.

"So we're having that meeting this morning at 9am. It's going to be streamed live and it will allow students to engage."

The institution resumed academic activity earlier this week following weeks of #FeesMustFall protests.

But on Monday, protesting students disrupted classes, leading to arrests and later running battles with police firing stun grenades and rubber bullets at protesters.

On Wednesday, eight students who were arrested were released on a warning and will be appearing again in court next month.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said classes were well attended.

"The majority of classes continued across all campuses without disruptions and with better attendance than earlier this week."

She said the institution has pledged to support students in their quest for free, quality higher education.

"We pledged to approach government with a united voice for the realisation of this goal and to deploy our intellectual resources towards finding the best solution to this matter."

The university has extended the academic calendar by two weeks and that the examination timetable has been revised and graduations for this year have been rescheduled.