Wits students warn of more protests

The students say Thursday’s protest was just the beginning of what they have planned in terms of mobilising students to get management’s attention.

FILE: Wits University Senate House. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University students say Thursday’s protest was just the beginning of what they have planned in terms of mobilising students to get management’s attention.

On Thursday morning, students blocked the university’s Empire Road entrance, protesting over issues at the residences.

Varsity management accepted a memorandum from students.

Wits University SRC's Kefentse Mkhari says while the protest today was about accommodation, a number of issues including the re-appointment of Adam Habib as vice chancellor, led to the action.

“We are going to address issues related to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and Habib coming back. We’re not going to let these matters lie to rest.”

He says management is disregarding the students’ grievances.

“When we went to Adam Habib and told him to write a statement about NSFAS failing the students, he told us it’s not yet time.”

The university says it is considering the items in the memorandum handed to them and is ready to talk to students.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)