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Wits suspends academic activity for the week

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The University of the Witwatersrand has suspended all academic activity for the rest of the week, it announced in a statement on Tuesday night.

“Following the events of today, and considering the safety of our staff and students, we, the Senior Executive Team of the University of the Witwatersrand, in consultation with the Chairperson of Council, have taken the decision to suspend all University activities for the rest of the week,” read the statement.

The decision was announced through a statement on the institution’s website and social media accounts, following a day of running battles between students and private security and police.

A group of 31 students were arrested and parts of the university’s Great Hall was damaged when private security and students threw stones at each other.

Students however have vowed to intensify their protest.

They have been demonstrating since Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced government’s position on fee increments on Monday.

He capped increments to 8% and said poor students would not face fee hikes. He left it to individual universities to decide what their increases would be.

[Source: News24]
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