Protesting students at Wits University will gather on Wednesday to plan a way forward against university fee increases.
Protests erupted at various universities across the country after higher education minister Blade Nzimande's decision to leave universities to decide on a fee increment that won't exceed 8%. Students who qualify for NSFAS funding and the 'missing middle' (from households earning less than R600 000 net) won't pay for the increase.
702's John Robbie spoke to the university's SRC (student representative council) secretary general, Fasiha Hassan about the issue and a recent message threatening intimidation and violence which has been circulated.
Condemning any violence, she said that the clip doesn't reflect the official position of the SRC and spoke against the violence between campus security and students.
In response to the issue, Wits and University of Cape Town suspended their academic programmes on Tuesday.
Listen to the interview below:
We're hoping to have an intellectual discourse with the students today: what type of models are being looked at for free education, what type of financial element?— Fasiha Hassan, Wits SRC
The call for free education is one unifying banner that all of us agree on.— Fasiha Hassan, Wits SRC