Habib calms storm at Wits after protests

After protests at the Wits Education campus over funding issues last week, Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib sought to calm things down. Students at the Parktown campus protested because nearly 500 students did not receive the Fundza Lushaka bursary scheme.

They handed over a memorandum to the institution, demanding that all students be given funding. Yesterday, Habib went to address the protesting students. He said as much as he wanted free education, it was currently not possible. He said R40 million was needed to pay fees for the 490 students.

“I’d like to say I can waive it. If you ask me what my solution is, I’d say tax the rich and make free higher education,” he said, addressing students at the Linder Auditorium.

“But I don’t make that rule, government does. There is a presidential commission that is now looking into that issue. But whether I like it or not now, we have to operate within the rules set up by government.”

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