The University of the Witwatersrand SRC is pleading with the government for the guarantees needed to enable poor students to register. The student representative council said students were being prevented from registering due to historical debts, and it had approached Wits management "in an attempt to persuade them to allow students to register". It had then written to the interim ministerial task team on funding, "asking them to plead with the president to sign off the guarantee universities claim they need in order to register students". The SRC said on Sunday that management said it was "approaching a financial deficit of R56m and they cannot afford to incur the cost of the historical debts‚ which amount to R400m". It said management’s position was that "if they are to allow students to register without a guarantee from the state, they would be breaking the law in terms of the credit act". "In the initial meeting they told us that they are meeting with the Department of Higher Ed...

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