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Class attendance growing amidst protests

- Wits University

Update on incidents on campus and list of study venues open at night.

Dear Colleagues and Students

Academic activities

Attendance was high in the majority of lectures yesterday. The academic programme continues today as per the academic calendar.


There were several skirmishes last night between a group of protesting students and police near the Men’s Residence last night. Some students blocked the road from the Matrix to the Old Mutual Sports Hall with rocks. The police removed the rocks. Windows at the Sports Hall were also broken. The protesting group then threw a petrol bomb at a police van and pelted the police with rocks. Many fires were also started in dustbins. A van belonging to a service provider was overturned. A case was opened last night and the police are investigating the matter. No injuries were reported.

Missing student

The missing student returned to his residence yesterday and has made contact with his House Committee and Warden. The student was taken to a clinic and he was offered counselling. The Dean of Students has reached out to the student but he has refused to meet with any member of management. The University will ask him to lay a formal complaint so that the matter can be investigated.  

Computer labs that can be accessed after 10pm

Following the requests of many students to continue using learning venues and computer labs after 10pm, the University has agreed to keep the following venues open and available to students. Students will have to be in these venues before 10pm and on completion of their use of the facilities, will be escorted back to their residences by Campus Control, who will be stationed at the door of these facilities. For all other reasons, the restrictions will remain in place from 10pm until 6am. All other special requests for students to be out of residences and walking on campus after 10pm must be channelled via the Registrar via The 24-hour number for any emergency is (011) 717-4444.

The venues are:

Braamfontein Campus East

CNS PG Lab – SH1029, 1st Floor, West Wing, Senate House

CNS UG Lab – SH1101, 1st Floor, West Wing, Senate House

Braamfontein Campus West

CNS UG Lab – CLM1, Commerce, Law & Management Library Building

D Lab – Ground Floor, Chamber of Mines Building

Wits Education Campus

CNS UG Lab- GLASS LAB01, Marang Block, Ground Floor

Wits Health Sciences Campus

CNS UG Lab – MS-01A, 3rd Floor, Medical School

Wits Management Campus

Computer laboratories open for postgraduate students as normal.

Thank you


18 OCTOBER 2016 (10:00)