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Wits takes part in People's March

- By Wits University

The Senior Executive Team has endorsed and agreed to participate in the Peoples’ March Against Xenophobia – We are One - an emergency coalition convened to confront the horrors of xenophobia in South Africa, taking a stand to denounce the violence and embrace unity. In light of this, Wits is allowing a condoned absence from University activities for staff and students participating in the march from 13:00 – 16:00 on Thursday, 23 April 2015. All managers and academics are requested to reasonably accommodate students and staff who would like to participate in the march during this time.  

Academic members of staff participating in the march can collect academic attire from the Examinations and Graduation Office (EGO), Room 2022, 2nd Floor, Senate House on the Braamfontein Campus. Please note that there are a limited number of gowns available and therefore gowns will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gowns must be returned to the EGO by no later than 12:00 on Friday, 24 April 2015.

The details of the march are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015

Time: 13:00

The march will start at Pieter Roos Park in Hillbrow and end at Mary FitzGerald Square in Newtown. Wits has arranged for buses to transport staff and students to and from campus to the start and finishing points as described below. Please note that spaces are limited and that the service will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bus service details:

Four Wits-branded buses will depart at 12:00 and another four at 12:30 from the AMIC Deck for drop off at the Wits Education Campus near Pieter Roos Park.

Four Wits branded buses will depart at 16:00 and another four at 16:30 from Mary FitzGerald Square to the AMIC Deck, and then on to the Wits Education Campus. These are approximate times only given the potential road closures, traffic congestion and other delays.


Stop xenophobia. Stop the killing and violence. Stop the looting. Start building communities free of poverty. March in solidarity and for survival.  


Prof. Adam Habib

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

University of the Witwatersrand

22 April 2015