WATCH: Wits VC breaks schedule to address protesting students

Johannesburg, 16 October 2015 - Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib addresses all students of the university following protests over a proposed 10.5 percent hike in fees from 2016. Video: eNCA
Johannesburg, 16 October 2015 – Lectures have again been suspended at the University of Witwatersrand as students continued their protests against a fee increase on Friday.
FILE image of Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor of Wits University. The University said earlier this week that the hike in fees is necessary due to the government cut in university subsidies. Photo: Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Waldo Swiegers
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JOHANNESBURG - Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib will address all students of the university on Friday morning.

This follows two days of the Student Representative Council blockading the entrance to the university in protest of a proposed 10.5 percent hike in fees from 2016.

The vice chancellor will speak to students in a two hour long session from 9h00 - 11h00 to hear their grievances and find a resolution.

Habib has been in Durban this week attending a Higher Education Summit, where the issue of transformation at institutions of higher education tops the agenda.

He flies into Johannesburg specially today, to meet with students.

The protest has trended on social media with the hashtag #WitsFeesMustFall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The University said earlier this week that the hike is necessary due to the government cut in university subsidies.

According to an online report published by IOL news on Thursday, Habib believes that students have a legitimate gripe over the fee increase, but warned that protesting students would not be allowed to violate the rights of others wanting to learn.

 

 

 

 

 

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