Braamfontein campus of Wits University witnessed a mammoth crowd of students from various varsities who gathered at Wits in an attempt to shut down all operations on campus.
According to the students, they are protesting against the suspension of some students who have been excluded for not paying their fees.
At the beginning of this current academic year, South African universities had an agreement that all students could register, but on the condition that they pay a part of their fees by the end of the first quarter of the year.
To make it more binding, students were made to sign a form of consent of debt.
But as it is, the first quarter came to an end last month, and thousands of students have now been excluded for not meeting up with payment of fees.
From the University of Cape town, Chumani Maxwele, says the students will not relent and the struggle for free education continues.
In his own opinion, Maxwele points out that students and their parents just can’t afford the fees paid at the universities.
Students here say their mission today at the Wits University is to shut down all the activities on campus. To make sure that their goal is achieved, they went on to also stop some of the students who were in a queue to pay their fees from doing so.
Meanwhile, the management of Wits University has increased the security at its Braamfontein campus after a group of students and non-students flooded the campus and embarked on a protest calling for free education for all.
Since classes have been disrupted, students and staff of the university have been urged to keep calm and report any incident to campus control.
Wits Spokesperson Shirona Patel says the police has also been alerted on the unfolding events.
“Members of campus control have been deployed to stabilise the situation and the university has summoned extra security, which we will use if required. The South African Police Service has also been alerted and they will remain on standby. We will only call on them if required.”
However, she says the student representative council (SRC) has nothing to do with protest.