Students from Wits University demonstrate in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK
Students from Wits University demonstrate in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

CLASSES at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will remain suspended until further notice‚ the council of the institution said on Friday.

"The senior executive team of Wits‚ in consultation with the executive committee of council‚ today announced that all university operations will remain suspended until further notice‚" the university said in a statement on Friday.

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"If conditions conducive to the delivery of the academic programme do not improve‚ Wits may have to consider the closure of the university‚ including the residences‚ in the interests of the safety and security of our staff‚ students and property."

It further said it would keep everyone informed — including staff‚ students and parents — via official communication channels.

Wits has been the capital of the violent student protests under the Fees Must Fall banner.

On Monday, students across the country began protesting after an announcement by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande that fees at universities would be capped at 8%‚ but decisions to increase fees were up to the individual universities.

Nzimande also announced that fees for students qualifying for funding under the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas)‚ as well as those who fell into the so-called missing middle (those who did not qualify for Nsfas)‚ would not increase in 2017.

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