Wits students agree to remain defiant

Johannesburg - The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg was calm on Thursday following two days of violent clashes which left some students injured and several others arrested.

The students gathered at Solomon Mahlangu House for a mass meeting to form various task teams which would map a way forward.

Photo: Ilanit Chernick. Credit: INDEPENDENT MEDIA

One of the students, who asked not to be named, said that they have been advised not to discuss anything with the media, but said he could confirm that they would remain defiant.

“Essentially what we discussed is that we are continuing with the protest until our demands are met,” the student said.

On Wednesday, police used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse students after they tried to take their protest onto Braamfontein.

Several students were injured during the skirmishes and others were arrested. Two students who were arrested and charged with public violence were released this afternoon, according to reports.

Student leaders have already indicated they want to join forces with other institutions for a national march for free education.

The students have been protesting since Monday after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that state universities could increase fees for 2017, capped at eight percent.