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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 negotiations that are said to be held. None are required and therefore none will be held. #WitsFeesMustFall 0% increase.— #WitsFeesMustFall (@IamNgubane) October 16, 2015
Society needs to start engaging with mass demonstration as manifestation of critical thinking and politics #WitsFeesMustfall— Impi isesendeni (@fistvoices) October 16, 2015
Expensive university fees shut blacks out - the end result, no transformation in the work place - no economic freedom. #WitsFeesMustFall— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 14, 2015
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.
We won't let the media or any other person who doesn't understand the struggle as students intimidate us #Witsfeesmustfall— Acts WITS (@WitsActs) October 16, 2015
As a student on loans for 6 years in MBBCh, despite many (yearly) failed attempts to solicit bursaries, I'm obliged to say #WitsFeeMustFall— Buyani S. Buthelezi (@Buyo91) October 15, 2015