On Wednesday, a group of students at Wits University tried organised a silent march from the science stadium to the Great Hall under the banner of â€œTake back our Wits.â€
â€” Rumana Akoob (@RumanaAkoob) October 5, 2016
The students said they are in solidarity with Fees Must Fall but they want the academic programme to resume.
The protest trended on Twitter under the hashtag #TakeBackWits and peeps wasted no time in calling the students out for their privilege, among other things.
Here are some of our favourite tweets:
#TakeBackWits versus #TakeBackTheLand?
â€” Babes We’toitoi (@MrNotwane) October 5, 2016
See all those people who are taking part in #TakeBackWits.
You won’t find them when the #TakeBackTheLand movement starts
â€” Simmi Areff (@simmiareff) October 5, 2016
Hey, #TakeBackWits, prove to us you got some coordination.
White people claiming to protest silently to display “peace” but we all know it’s because rhythm dololo ðŸ‘€
â€” Naadira Alli (@naadi22) October 5, 2016
Some questioned the struggle credentials of #TakeBackWits protesters ðŸ™Š
Ofcoz #TakeWitsBack is a silent protest. They don’t have struggle songs coz they’ve never struggled.
â€” Kholofelo (@Kholo_KN) October 5, 2016
â€” ðŸ‘ (@Mefied) October 5, 2016
Surely you can get a refund on international flights if you have travel insurance. No? In that case, #TakeBackWits.
Do you want to #TakeWitsBack because your hoilday plans are non-refundable? Must be niceðŸ’…ðŸ’…
â€” one sided coin (@chyoma_EG) October 5, 2016
Come on guys, weâ€™ve BEEN renaming streets in the CBD. We only just got used to saying Miriam Makeba Street instead of Bezuidenhout Street.
#TakeBackWits South Africa is not ready for a White Hero. We are still renaming CBD Streets
â€” Tselahale L Serongwa (@twin_engine) October 5, 2016
White privilege is not contagious, people. But perhaps it’s rubbed off on some folks?
To my black sisters and brothers who are for #TakeWitsBack please remember. White privilege is not contagious.
â€” The Ed. Philosopher (@Abel_Nkosinathy) October 5, 2016
In the spirit of reworking songs for Fees Must Fall (Like Babes Wodumoâ€™s â€œWololoâ€ ), Comrade Bae did a young remix of Beyonceâ€™s track â€œHold Up.â€
â€” Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) October 5, 2016
And while some of us are struggling to keep our eyebrows on fleek, others have eternal protection from police on fleek.
â€” I am An African (@Uncle_JayB) October 5, 2016
Careful kids, check your privilege before you wreck your privilege.