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The Wits University’s management has hit back at student protest and said they are disappointed with the Wits-SRC who have broken the agreement they signed on 10 February 2020.
The agreement stated that R17 million has been released to the Wits Hardship Fund to support those facing hardship and those in need of accommodation.
The Hardship Fund states that approximately 271 students who have been allowed readmission in terms of the WRC process and whose academic holds have been lifted will be allowed to register if they meet the following conditions:
- Have immediately submitted applications to the Hardship Fund.
- And the registration of students whose application to the Hardship Fund and have been successful will stand.
The university’s management, however, said that if the student’s application to the Hardship Fund was not successful, then the SRC will have to consult the Finance and Student Affairs Department to put appropriate measures in place to address the matter.
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The agreement also stated that on accommodation issues, the SRC will contribute an amount of R500 000 towards accommodation costs and the University will fund an amount of R1,5 million towards sourcing additional beds.
This will only be possible if the SRC and Student Affairs Department in consultation with one another will develop criteria to consider and decide upon application for additional beds which have been sourced and the criteria will include the distance from the University, gender, and academic performance.
The university said 800 students have been helped so far.
“To date, 800 students have been helped. Another 50 are being helped this morning as more beds from a private service provider have become available” they said.
Wits also said that the Dean of Students Jerome Seppie is willing to engage with Wits-SRC to solve the matter.
“Despite the Wits -SRC having broken this agreement, the Dean of Students is still willing to engage in order to resolve any further issues,” they said.
The university also said it is now up to the Wits-SRC to show leadership in this regard.
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