Prices said the problem was that students applied to several universities to widen their chance of getting in, and this, he believed was the reason why accommodation at UCT was so scarce this year.
After the press conference, journalists were let out of a back door at the Bremmer Building to avoid protesters.
Wits on high alert
In the light of the protests at UCT, the University of Witwatersrand increased security on Wednesday, Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib said.
Slamming the burning of art, a bus and a bakkie, Habib said there could never be an excuse for such actions, irrespective of the complaint about symbols of white history and the pain they caused.
Speaking on the sidelines of Parliament’s open hearings on the Higher Education Amendment Bill, Habib implored students to not take this path, and rather talk about their issues.
“What is achieved by burning a bus or art? How do you advance transformation?” If students had problems with the symbols, saying there were too many pictures and busts of white people, they should debate it, he said.
“Tomorrow, are we going to burn Marx’s books because he was white and Jewish?” Habib asked.
He said Wits had already prepared a document on urgent transformation issues. — News24