Wits students continue protest

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Johannesburg - Students at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg are expected to continue their protest against proposed fee increases for 2010 on Wednesday.

University spokesperson, Shirona Patel, said the police and university management would continue to monitoring the campus.

"It is likely that the group of students will continue to protest this morning and the police are will continue to monitor the campus," Patel told BuaNews adding that unruly behaviour would not be tolerated.

The university called in the police on Wednesday to help monitor the students, saying that it was obliged to protect students and staff who wished to continue with their academic and other university activities.

The students are opposed to the increase of the university's fees for next year which average at between 9 and 9.5 percent, with the MBA being an exception. It is proposed that fees for this course will increase by 15 percent. Residence fees are likely to increase by 11.8 percent.

Patel said she was confident negotiations and open talks between the university and the students would yield positive results.

No resolution was reached after marathon talks on Wednesday.