Johannesburg’s Wits University Suspends Classes Indefinitely

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has suspended operations until further notice, amid protests by students over fee increases.

The university will consider closing should conditions for giving classes not improve, it said Friday in a notice on its Twitter account.

Campuses across South Africa have been disrupted by a wave of protests after the minister for higher eduction said universities should decide their own fees for 2017, with increases capped at 8 percent. The government will subsidize tuition for households with incomes up to 600,000 rand ($44,000), meaning poor students won’t pay any increase.

President Jacob Zuma last year put fee increases for 2016 on hold following weeks of student protest, and in January set up a committee to evaluate the viability of free education.

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