The FNB computer lab at Wits University has been flooded by demonstrating students following the resumption of the academic programme.
In a report by News24, Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel alleged that the flood of students into the computer was done to intentionally disrupt students who were in the labs.
“It is [being] seen as deliberate – to get people out of the labs. We are reviewing the video footage,” Patel told News24.
Two students were arrested following the disruption but at time of writing it is unclear what they are being charged with.
Last week Wits announced that it would suspend the academic programme until 10th October following prolonged protests by students who want education to be free.
The university announced at the weekend that it would indeed open on Monday morning but it quickly became clear that protesting students were not allowing the university to continue with business as usual.
“The academic programme started this morning but was disrupted around mid-morning by a group of 500 students. While the police managed to disband groups of protestors early this morning, they could not do so when the group became too large,” the university wrote in a post on Facebook.
“We are currently involved in talks via former SRC presidents and the clergy in an attempt to reach a negotiated settlement with protesting students.”
The university also urged students to attend classes earlier this morning. “We urge students and staff to return to classes this week, even if disruptions occur. We understand that there may be disruptions, but we have no choice but to try to save the academic year.”[Via – News24]