Students signed and agreed to a declaration that was given the nod by all parties and at the 11th hour, reneged on negotiations, this is according to Wits university spokesperson Sharona Patel. John Robbie asked Patel who exactly makes up the #feesmustfall movement.
There are multiple groups that call themselves feesmustfall... within this are groupings from the Students Society Association, the official SRC, Post Grad Association and All Residents Council which makes negotiating very difficult, but we have negotiated in good faith with representative from each group.— Sharona Patel, Wits spokesperson
We were on track for last week Friday's General Assembly and on Thursday students helped to draft the declaration. However they changed the goal posts and wanted all universities to shut down until there's free education for all.— Sharona Patel, Wits spokesperson
Wits decided this was not something can give in to now and Patel said the university officials offered to broker deals with the Education Ministry and the Presidency, but this offer has not been taken up by students.
When we fulfill our side... they keep changing the goalposts.— Sharona Patel, Wits spokesperson