Court action, more student marches planned

Karabo Ngoepe, Jenna Etheridge, Jeanette Chabalala, News24

Johannesburg – A court bid to stop excessive police force against students, more marches against tuition fee increases, and talks to end the chaos were planned for Thursday.

In Cape Town, parents were applying for an interdict at the Western Cape High Court to stop police from using excessive force against students. The National Association of Democratic Lawyers and Legal Resources Centre were at the court to help secure the interdict.

Lawyers for the police told reporters outside court they were still in talks and were not sure when the matter would be in court, if at all.

In Johannesburg, Wits University and University of Johannesburg students were apparently planning to march to the ANC's headquarters at Luthuli House in the CBD. Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said Vice Chancellor Adam Habib had indicated he wanted to address students.

Patel said students had responded that they would consider his request and tell him where and when he could do so.

In Pretoria, students were to meet at the University of Pretoria from 10:00 and planned "to intensify their protest".

According to the Tshwane University of Technology’s Facebook page, management had suspended all work and teaching at its campuses until Monday. Talks about fees were expected to continue between management and the campus Student Representative Council on Thursday.

Residences would be open and additional security had been put in place to ensure the safety of students, according to the post. Essential services, including services at residences, would continue. Students would be informed by their departments about academic recovery plans.