Registration, Accommodation Obstacles Lead To Hunger Strike By Wits Students

File: Students marching in #FeesMustFall protest at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) students in Johannesburg are striking on Tuesday morning. The Student Representative Council (SRC) has called on the students to embark on a hunger strike.

In a statement issued on Monday evening, the SRC said the hunger strike would “show this university that we are willing to risk our lives in order to restore the dignity of the black child and open up access to institutions of higher learning”.

“In shutting down the campus, Wits University management responded by deploying private security on campus to violate students and continue to victimise and intimidate students. We have also been informed that they are planning on deploying the police force [on Tuesday] and judging from past experiences with the police being on campuses, the level of violence is one that can never be justified,” read the statement.

“When we said we would be the first line of defence for our students, we meant it. Therefore we are now resorting to actively putting our bodies on the line by embarking on a hunger strike. This struggle has still not come to an end, as there are still several students sleeping in libraries who are academically deserving but unable to register.”