The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) was granted a court interdict on Friday restraining six respondents and other students from participating in protests at the university.
The interdict states that no protestors are to, in anyway, disrupt the normal activities of WITS including registration, classes, lectures, tutorials and the likes.
One of the respondents, Busisiwe Seabe, maintains that their protests are peaceful and they came to court with no intention of opposing the interdict.
“The way forward now is for us to regroup. We’ll go back to our comrades and we continue to say free education or no elections. We continue to say if we don’t have free education we will not have an academic year this year,” says Seabe.
The heavily guarded university says it wants a peaceful registration process. WITS spokesperson, Shirona Patel, says it has made efforts to accommodate those who can’t afford registration.
“I cannot comment for students. I know that they are calling for free education now and we believe that’s a national conversation. That’s something that should be a national imperitive for both government and the private sector,” says Patel.