NMMU does U Turn - campuses to remain closed next week

2016-10-08 21:06


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Port Elizabeth: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University announced that they will not be opening campuses on Monday after students who are part of the Fees Must Fall movement once again barricaded the entrance to the university's main campus in Summerstrand on Friday. 

On Thursday the university had announced that it would reopen on Friday with the intent of preparing to resume classes on Monday, but has made an about turn after the situation became volatile, with students carrying rocks and burning tyres confronted police and chased away acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Sibongile Muthwa, who was trying to address them.

The students would not allow Muthwa to address them. They said they were not prepared to engage with management as management had not deemed it important to engage with them before announcing that the university would reopen. 

“Unfortunately, the situation on our North and South campuses became volatile today.As a result, we are reluctant to immediately go ahead with the resumption of classes given our concerns for the safety of staff and students. Therefore, the University will remain closed on Monday,” said NMMU spokesperson Zandile Mbabela.

Mbabela said the university would continue to follow all legitimate avenues at its disposal to resolve the present situation.

Fees Must Fall leader Nathi Dwayi said that the university management could not decide to reopen the university.

"We told the university management at a mass meeting that they no longer make the decisions. We make the decisions, we decided to close the university and we will decide when it will reopen," he said.

Dwayi said the students would continue to protest.

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