Wits SRC seeks free COVID-19 tests for students

The Wits Student Representative Council has slammed the University’s plan to make vaccination mandatory. Last week the Wits management issued a communique, saying the staff and students who choose not to vaccinate will be subjected to weekly testing at their own cost. eNCA's Gareth Edwards speaks to Wits SRC Secretary-General Nhlonipho Nxumalo. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Wits Student Representative Council wants the institution to offer convenient and free COVID-19 testing for students.

The University says staff and students who choose not to vaccinate will have to do weekly testing at their own cost.

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The SRC is planning to oppose the university's plan.

"This thing of vaccines being forced, the university is using a tactic to say, we do understand that public hospitals do offer free testing but for a student in Braamfontein it is not practical because we do not have a clinic in Braamfontein and the university does not offer that testing," said Wits SRC Secretary-General Nhlonipho Nxumalo. 

Meanwhile, Wits University management has received a letter from the SRC asking the institution to offer free on-campus Covid-19 testing.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at Wits Lynn Morris say's they have received a letter of concern from the SRC.


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