#Feesmustfall protesters and NMMU reach consensus

OCTOBER 27, 2015

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed and general consensus reached around many of the demands made by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) #feesmustfall student protesters at a mass dialogue with NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz and the university management team on Monday.

"A reconciliatory spirit saw both executive management and students across the political divide reach consensus on many issues such as outsourcing, an increase in University support for poor students and the need, for example, to give NMMU buildings iconic names and not just numbers," the university said in a statement.

In August, Prof Swartz, successfully climbed Mount Fuji in Japan to raise funds for academically deserving students in financial need.

Following the MoU, a Task Team comprising student and university representatives will oversee the 14 short- to long-term demands proposed by the NMMU student movement to negotiate the various processes moving forward.

"The meeting also resolved various rules of engagement which included student concerns around the unnecessary use of force by the police; that they would not be subjected to disciplinary action in the national fee protests and that the University would ensure that adjustments to the academic programme would be made to accommodate the time lost," the university said.

It is now expected that normalcy will return to the institution this morning with a resumption of classes and end of year exams.

The NMMU had hoped that academic would resume on Monday morning following President Jacob Zuma's announcement last Friday that government had decided to make concessions resulting in a 0% univeristy fee hike, but students had other ideas.

Last week, Wednesday, police had to use rubber bullets to disperse students, who had gathered to block entrances to the institution

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How EFF were thrown out of the National Assembly when they joined the #feesmustfall protest courtesy of Tribe2tribes Youtube Channel