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Wits students demand zero fee hike

Students block the entrances to Wits University, 15 October 2015, as they protest against management’s plan to increase fees by 10.5% next year and the upfront registration fee by 6%. This is the second day the university has been shut down by the students. Picture: Michel Bega

Students block the entrances to Wits University, 15 October 2015, as they protest against management’s plan to increase fees by 10.5% next year and the upfront registration fee by 6%. This is the second day the university has been shut down by the students. Picture: Michel Bega

Students from rival political parties have come together at Wits students demanding a zero hike on 2016 fees.

Students have also blocked the Gate 7 entrance on the Yale Road amid protests against “any percentage” of fee hike. Wits had earlier proposed a 10.5% hike on fees which it had suspended due to the protest that let to the suspension of all academic activities last week.

Student leaders say they want zero hike on fees as affordability had always been a problem since the ‘exorbitant ‘ registration fee. Former SRC president Mcebo Dlamini said Wits and other universities must give poor students an opportunity to learn and grow South Africa.

“South Africa will always be behind economically because students are sitting at home with skills and brains with no money because these institutions are shutting doors on poor students.” Said Dlamini.

Academic activities had since been suspended at the University since Wednesday after students embarked on a three- day sit in. Today, students said they will not stop the protest until the University decide to completely kill the fee hike.

Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Habib is expected to address students on the outcome of the executive council meeting . Though Habib promised students the University would not revert to the 10.5% hike should the negotiations break down.

The protest is still ongoing.

 

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