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Wits protests: EFF students clash with campus security [video]

Published by Andile Sicetsha

Tensions are brewing at Wits University where EFF regalia-clad protesters have clashed with campus security, on Tuesday morning.

Watch: Wits EFF SRC clashes with campus security

The university’s student representative council (SRC) led by the EFF Student Command staged a sit-in at the finance department. Some went as far as spending the night at the student centre, determined to continue their fight for access to higher education.

On Tuesday morning, however, their picket was cut short by campus security guards who were instructed by Wits management to forcefully handle the protesters and throw them out of the building.

What are the protesters demands?

At the heart of the protests are the same cries that ruptured the nation during the 2015 Fees Must Fall movement. More than five years later and the fees protests ignited by Wits’ Shaeera Kalla still plague the tertiary.

The EFFSC claims that the tertiary has refused to ease its readmission policy. Students with a debt backlog are not allowed to register for this year’s curriculum and others, the group says, are cast out for not being able to afford the exorbitant tuition fees.

To this end, Wits has not released a statement on the events unfolding at its campus. The protesters, on the other hand, have vowed to keep the momentum going until their cries for access to higher education and other basic benefits like financial and accommodation support are heard.

This is a developing story.