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Media statement on protests by students

- By Wits University

All lectures and academic activities suspended.

All lectures and academic activities have been suspended for one day only – Wednesday, 14 October 2015 in the interests of protecting the safety and security of staff and students.

This follows a sit-in by groups of students and student leaders who initially prevented staff and students from entering campus and who disrupted some academic activities this morning. Aside from one altercation this morning and the vandalisation of some classes overnight, no violence has been reported.

This is an unofficial protest and although everything is calm, Wits is cancelling all lectures and other academic activities for the day. We think that this is the most prudent route to manage the situation and to ensure the safety and security of all staff and students.

The protest violates the protest policy of the University and Wits’ student rules and while the University recognises that students have a right to protest this cannot happen at the expense of the rights of students and staff members to learn and work in a safe environment.

Wits will take the necessary action in line with our policies and procedures to create an environment that allows teaching and learning to continue.

Read the Statement from the Senior Executive Team and the statement on Why fee increases are necessary.

For interviews contact Shirona Patel, Wits spokesperson on 0833621995 or 011 717 1191 or obtain updates