Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Dreams deferred: Wits students lose bid to remain in residences

A group of students from the University of the Witwatersrand have failed in their high court bid to force the institution to allow students writing the deferred exams to remain in residences while waiting to write.

The South Gauteng High Court on Monday dismissed the students’ application which was launched on October 28.

According to the university rules, students opting to write the deferred exams have to vacate residences by November 5 until just before the date of the deferred exams.

The deferred exams for students in the faculties of health sciences, commerce, law and management and the humanities were scheduled for early December while those for all other faculties will be written in January next year.

Judge Willem Hendrik Gabriel van der Linde said in his 15-page judgment that there were likely to be students in residences that were currently sitting for the exams that were underway.

“They may potentially be distracted by those who are not yet sitting and are awaiting the deferred exam dates.

“One does not know whether leaders of groupings that are intent on scuppering the 2016 academic year are included among those (not the applicants) that would want to benefit from staying on in the residences for November, perhaps as a foothold to perpetrate renewed violent protest action,” stated Judge Van der Linde in his judgment.

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Prega Govender
Prega Govender is the Mail & Guardians education editor. He was a journalist at the Sunday Times for almost 20 years before joining the M&G in May 2016. He has written extensively on education issues pertaining to both the basic and higher education sectors.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

Basic web lessons for South Africa: Government hacks point to...

Recent cyberattacks at the department of justice and the space agency highlight the extent of our naïveté

If the inflation-driving supply strain in the US lasts, it...

In South Africa, a strong trade surplus, buoyed by robust commodity prices, will cushion our economy against pressure arising from US policy

More top stories

Ramaphosa hits the right notes as he urges Cosatu to...

Cosatu meets to deliberate on its support for the governing party in the upcoming local government elections

DA insists IEC favoured the ANC after Constitutional Court dismisses...

The apex court’s dismissal of the Democratic Alliance’s application to declare reopening candidate registration unlawful came as no surprise

‘Factional’ ANC Veterans League chastised by Motlanthe

ANC Limpopo leaders called on the election committee to change the candidate lists in favour of Ramaphosa faction days before Motlanthe’s report on factions in the party

Sisters pave the way with ecobricks

The durable bricks are made from 30% recycled plastic, some of which they collect from a network of 50 waste pickers
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×