NMMU campuses to remain closed

2016-09-21 10:27
Students protest at NMMU in Port Elizabeth. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Students protest at NMMU in Port Elizabeth. (Derrick Spies, News24)

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Port Elizabeth – The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has announced that the institution will remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday after attempts to negotiate with students on Tuesday failed.

In a statement, acting vice-chancellor Dr Sibongile Muthwa said management's attempts at engaging with students on Tuesday did not yield much progress.

When Muthwa attempted to engage with students to discuss their grievances, the students instead complained they were hungry and demanded food.

"We do not believe that resuming university operations for the next two days will be a viable option," said Muthwa.

She confirmed all academic activities at NMMU were suspended for Wednesday and Thursday.

"This will allow management to actively engage with students, especially around the fees statement released by government. We believe this approach will be less disruptive to all staff and students," she said.

Protests to continue

"The decision to close the university for the next two days was not taken lightly and is part of NMMU's responsibility towards staff and students," she said.

The student representative council (SRC) has announced that protests would continue on Wednesday and that they would be meeting with Muthwa at 10:00.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all students for joining and responding to the call for a campus shutdown today as per mass meeting resolution yesterday," the SRC said on its Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

"The university has suspended academic activities over the next two days, we will thus be assembling at 07:00 at Xanadu Square as we mobilise for the mass meeting with management at 10:00 at the Kraal."

"As a collective multi-stakeholder forum that has taken the responsibility of mobilising students, we have agreed that the safety of our students is a priority, as such, we are against any form of violence, intimidation and vandalism of property," it said.

Read more on:    nmmu  |  port elizabeth  |  university protests  |  education  |  university fees

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