Protest over Wits accommodation
A GROUP of students barricaded the Wits University’s Yale Road north entrance to protest over accommodation issues yesterday.
The students said management made numerous promises to improve conditions at the residence but were yet to do so. Students were moved to a new residence after Wits closed Esselen Street in Hillbrow at the end of last year for safety reasons.
The university said Esselen was situated next to a hijacked building leading to the area not being safe for students anymore. “Among the many things students are protesting over are that the management has not carried its promise to provide the same services they have received at their old residences. Afterall, they are paying R52 026 a year,” SRC president Kefentse Mkhari, said.
“The SRC is supporting the protest because these are some of the issues we have raised with management.
“We submitted a memorandum demanding among other things, increased security at the university, uncapped Wi-Fi, a convenient bus schedule for students and increased cleaning staff to cater for all students within the residence.”
The dean of students and the chief operating officer, Fana Sibanyoni, signed and received the memorandum from the group. “Management is engaging with the owners and managers of the leased building to resolve these matters. We apologise to all students and staff who were inconvenienced by the protest,” the university’s spokesperson Shirona Patel, said.
GRIEVANCES: Students at Wits protest over their living conditions.