Reports that 77% of Wits students voted for campus to reopen are incorrect
An SMS sent to the university’s 37,000 students asked: “Should Wits open on Mon 3 Oct subject to appropriate security protocols being in place?”
The interim results showed that of the 21,730 students who responded to the poll, 16,739 students (77%) voted “Yes” and 4,991 students (23%) voted “No”.
The poll was audited by auditing firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo.
The headlines should have stated that 77% of students who responded to the poll voted for the university to reopen. When calculated as a percentage of the student body as a whole, 45% of students voted for the university to reopen and 13% of students voted for the university to remain closed. The remaining students did not respond to the poll. – 03/10/2016
(Note: this spot check was updated on 4 October to include the percentage of the student body that voted “no”)