CAPTU raises concerns ahead of mediation to end NMMU shutdown

OCTOBER 13, 2016

The Concerned Association of Parents and others for Tertiary Education at Universities (CAPTU), an association of disgruntled parents, who recently took the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) to court to force it to end its shutdown of campuses and resume the 2016 academic year, has raised concerns ahead of a mediation with the university.

The Grahamstown High Court on Tuesday ordered that the NMMU and its various stakeholders, including CAPTU and the protesting students, have until Thursday to find common ground, with the aid of a professional mediator, before the courts can intervene. 

A mediation process is set to kick-off at the Athenaeum, in Central, Port Elizabeth, on Thursday afternoon, at around 14h00.

However, Kobus Gerber, chairperson of CAPTU PE, said that while CAPTU acknowledges the attempt from NMMU to call a mediation, as per the Court Order, they have concerns about the following:

1)     How many representative will each interested group be allowed in the engagement;

2)      Did the NMMU arrange proper safety for all representative’s of each group;

3)     Will other groups be allowed to bring bus loads of support, who will try to intimidate the proceedings - and what will be done to control a fare mediation process; and

4)      What surety has CAPTU got that all proceedings will be as per the NMMU's quote “be strictly and confidential and without prejudice” after "we had firsthand experience of previous intervention which turned into a racial showcase for certain groups". 

"We will take part as per Court Order but want to make it clear that if at any stage proceedings turn into a political meeting we will walk out and as per our right and per your quote 'that any dissatisfied party will be free to leave at any stage provided only that he/she/they engage privately with the mediator first',” said Gerber.

Read the full statement, click HERE.