Wits students protest against poor conditions in residence

A protest over accommodation at Wits University's Yale Residence

A protest over accommodation at Wits University's Yale Residence

Wits has been at the centre of student protests over fees in 2015 and 2016.

Students from the University of the Witwatersrand's Yale Village residence barricaded the Empire Road Entrance to the main campus on Thursday morning. According to Wits Vuvuzela, fees at Yale Village range from R39 468 to R52 026.

Earlier, Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said classes had not been disrupted and would continue as normal.

Students have asked for additional buses from the residence throughout the day due to safety concerns‚ but Patel said the residence is only 400m away from campus.

Among the issues raised were limited wi-fi‚ insufficient cleaning services for the number of students, and safety.

Patel added that students were unhappy with the new accommodation and that the University was trying to engage with the City to get hijacked buildings in the city and use them for accommodation as it was expensive to erect new buildings. He said students were promised the same services they previously had. The student says they occupied the fees office at the end of February and, because nothing happened from that action, they resorted to protesting today.

- Nonhlanhla Mbonane (@Mbonane4) April 20, 2017@thedailyvox 2. They claim that when issues were raised with the university‚ they were sent from pillar to post. Vehicles within the university were diverted by police onto Yale Road towards to the Jorissen Street exit.

The memorandum was later accepted and signed by the Chief Operations Officer Fana Sibanyoni and the Dean of Students Puleng Lenka-Bula.

Private security has been deployed to the university, as well as Wits's campus control.

Mkhari warned that students will shut down the University, if Habib doesn't address their concerns.

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