Protest over Wits ac­com­mo­da­tion

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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.

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