Wits students protest over accommodation

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

According to Wits spokesperson, Shirona Patel, a group of about 100 students are blocking the Yale Road North entrance to the University.

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

According to the SRC, earlier this year students were moved from Wits residences which was closed down and moved to new locations.

The students say they are protesting against the lack of cleaning services and WiFi at the residence, and the lack of transport services to campus. They are also upset that some students had to be relocated to a different residence in Braamfontein.

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The students are demanding bus services throughout the day as well as improved wi-fi‚ study spaces and more cleaners. 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. NSFAs has not paid, and the university is reminding students that they have not paid.

"Yale Road has no cleaning services, no security and when students get sick they have to struggle to get to a hospital", says Mkhari.

Private security has been deployed to the university, as well as Wits's campus control. "The Dean of Students is available to receive the memorandum and to engage with the affected students". However students refused to be addressed by her and requested that Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib should come down and address them.

Students are protesting over accommodation issues and the Dean of Students will soon collect the memorandum from protesters. They eventually handed over their memorandum to Sibanyoni. "If students feel their safety is still a concern because of the people living under the bridges [on Empire Road] that is an issue the university will address".

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