We will not stop until the ANC delivers on the promises it made 21 years ago.
This was the warning from some of the leaders of the #FeesMustFall campaign on Wednesday during a media briefing.
A small group of students gathered in the park opposite the entrance of the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus to speak to the media.
“We don’t want the free education in three years or 10 years. We want it now. We want it in 2016,” one of the students from Wits, Bisiswe Seabe, said.
“The African National Congress promised free education and we are asking them to implement their own promises.”
According to the students, they should only be required to arrive at the universities on opening day with documents to register and nothing more.
“We don’t want any registration fees. We are crying for a free education. Access to higher education shouldn’t be determined by how much you can pay.”
According to the students, blacks had always been excluded from universities. The students set out their demands as follows:
1. We demand free education now;
2. No registration fees should be paid (regardless of outstanding fees from previous years);
3. Historic debt of students who are graduating in 2016 should be scrapped and they should be allowed access to their academic records immediately;
4. Food from all dining halls must be given to underprivileged students and day students on campus, including weekends;
5. Suspensions and disciplinary actions against students due to protests that took place in 2015 should be revoked;
6. No police or private security presence on campus;
7. International students from Africa should not be required to pay an upfront fee of 75%, but rather 20%;
8. Accommodation fees should not have to be paid upfront while at the same time, students should be allowed to move in upon registration;
9. The negotiation process regarding the insourcing of university workers must continue in good faith.
Meanwhile, Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said registration went well on Wednesday with hundreds of students completing the process.
“We did have a protest of between 10 and 15 students for about 30 minutes, but they dispersed quickly and things went well afterwards.”
According to Patel, the university increased the security presence on campus and will continue to do so for the next two weeks. News24