One Killed In Wits Protest


It has been confirmed that one person has been shot dead in Braamfontein allegedly by a police.

This was when the police were trying to disperse Wit students who were protesting about student funding.

Wits University claims the school will be financially unsustainable if it continues to accept students who have historical debt. This is because the University says it owes R1 billion in outstanding fees accumulated over the past seven years.

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Wits University spokesperson, Shirona Patel, says the so-called missing middle remains a challenge.

“These are students who have accumulated debt because they cannot pay and they do not quality for NSFAS. That accumulated debt over the years. If we continue to accept students with this historical debt it means that the university will become financially unsustainable.”

“We do not want to be bailed out by government. We want to be a financially sustainable organisation. Yes, we want to keep the doors open for as many people as possible but we do have limited resources. What this means is call on the private sector and public sector to support those students in the missing middle,” explains Patel.

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