Wits Students Protest Renaming Of Wits Amic Deck Bridge

Wits Students Protest Renaming Of Wits Amic Deck Bridge

The Socialist Youth Movement at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) picketed against the renaming of the Amic Deck Bridge to the Wits Sibanye-Stillwater Infinity Bridge in October 2022. The deck connects the East and West campuses at Wits university.

Instead, the group would like for the deck to be called the Marikana Memorial Bridge in memory of the 34 mine workers who died in 2012. The group would like for the R52 million sponsorship from Sibanye-Stillwater to go towards the families of the mine workers who lost their lives in the Marikana Massacre in 2012.

The Wits EFF Student Command, the South African Federation of Trade Unions and members associated with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) supported the students at the protest. The students believe the university should not partner with the mining company.

Students at Wits University protested against the renaming of the Wits Amic Deck Bridge to the Wits Sibanye-Stillwater Infinity Bridge. Students, unions and civil society members believe naming the bridge after the mining company would be the wrong way to go.

One of the members of the Socialist Youth Movement, Zaki Mamdoo stated that by signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the company, the university is partnering with a company that was responsible for the “exploitation, destruction of communities and the murder of mine workers”. In 2021, the university signed the MOU with Sibanye-Stillwater.

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