Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
3 minute read
13 Oct 2021
7:45 am

Ruckus over Wits’ mandatory vaccine rule

Asanda Matlhare

Trouble is brewing at Wits University as an angry student representative council (SRC) has rejected a proposal by the university authorities to introduce a policy of mandatory Covid vaccination for all students and staff.

Wits University Mandatory vaccinations of staff and students proposed vaccine plan has been revealed, 12 October 2021. Picture: citizen.co.za/Nigel Sibanda

The institution is the latest in a growing list of businesses and organisations clamping down on unvaccinated people. The Wits senior executive team said the institution is a contact teaching university and the mandatory vaccination of staff and students would enable “optimal access, the holistic delivery of the teaching and learning programme, and research to continue”. Those who refuse to be vaccinated will have to take weekly Covid tests, which they will have to pay for themselves. SRC spokesperson Nhlonipho Nxumalo said: “The framework imposes mandatory vaccination to the poor and the working class as they are required to pay...