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Wits student leader arrested during protest

Wits student leader arrested during protest

A Wits student leader was arrested during a violent protest earlier on Tuesday. The demonstration was over the alleged financial exclusion of some students.

Police fired rubber bullets to disperse students near the medical campus.

Wits University says it has made R10 million available to help students experiencing financial hardship and who have historical debt of up to R 120 000.

Wits Student Representative Council member, Bonga Makhanya says, they want Wits Vice-Chancellor Zeblon Vilakazi to come and address them.

“There’s been no laptops given to first-year students, no laptops to returning students who do not have. There’s an accommodation crisis where the university gave too many offers to students but when they get here they are told there’s no space for them.

This has resulted in students sleeping in libraries.

Source | eNCA