Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, left, stands in the psychic void between fantasy and reality as he is faced with students protesting at Parliament. Picture: THE TIMES
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, left, stands in the psychic void between fantasy and reality as he is faced with students protesting at Parliament. Picture: THE TIMES

STUDENTS at the University of the Witwatersrand plan to storm campus and pull students out of class in an attempt to shut the institution down.

This follows Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement on Monday morning that universities must determine the level of fee adjustments for 2017 themselves‚ with the proviso that this should not be above 8%.

Students had listened to parts of the announcement before they were informed of the outcome by incoming SRC president Kefentse Mkhari.

“Comrades‚ we aren’t going to entertain that 8%. What we want is simple. We want free education now. Not then. We are shutting down.”

Students were now marching through the university’s Johannesburg campus to “conscientise students” who are still in class‚ one student leader said.

The crowd chanted “on your marks‚ get set‚ we are ready for free education” as they marched.

One student in the crowd said classes would be stopped. When asked what he meant‚ he said: “You will see.”

Reacting to the announcement on Twitter, the SRC said: “We reject this‚” the Wits SRC tweeted.

WE REJECT THIS https://t.co/G08Stk1inT

— Wits SRC (@WitsSRC) September 19, 2016

The SRC said: “Our demand is very clear: a moratorium on all fee increments until the realization of free and quality education #FeesMustFall”.

At the University of KwaZulu-Natal, police maintained a strong presence on Monday as its council met to determine fee increases.

The council was expected to make an announcement following a meeting that started at 11am at the Westville campus.

Police officers were deployed to both the Westville campus and Howard College. The situation remained calm as most students will only return from vacation on Tuesday.

“We are on standby as we don’t know what the outcome of the meeting will be. We are monitoring the situation closely‚” said one policeman.

Police and campus security have been conducting regular patrols.

With TMG Digital