NMMU #FeesMustFall students meet with management over impasse


The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) #FeesMustFall protesters and three student leaders, on Tuesday met with University management, represented by the acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Sibongile Muthwa, to hear feedback on the progress of their demands and to engage further on other issues in order to map a way forward.

The meeting started at 12:30 at the NMMU South Campus Kraal, where the acting Vice-Chancellor responded to the demands presented to the university.

Among them was the issue of student debt. Dr Muthwa said that students that have accumulated debt would still be allowed to register for next year, provided that they have passed this year. However, there would be no wiping away of student debts and the University would go through with the 8% fee increment for those who can afford it.

However, there would be no wiping away of student debts and the University would go through with the 8% fee increment for those, who can afford it.

The students were displeased - they wanted all the debt for the poor and 'missing middle' students to be written off and that they should be exempt from making down payments in January and February when the new academic year starts.

A meeting is to be held with NMMU management, academic staff, council and every stakeholder of the University.

Meanwhile, the nine NMMU students, who were arrested when angry students tried to invade the Boardwalk Complex in September are due in court on Wednesday.

The NMMUFeesMustFall movement has appealed to its ranks to go and support them."As with the last time, we had resolved in attending in numbers to show support and solidarity however we are experiencing transportation difficulties. We asked management to provide shuttles for us today in front of everyone in yesterday's mass meeting and we even sent out an official email with the same request but dololo response," it said in a post on its Facebook page.

"This then means that those who can, through their own means, make it to New Law Court in North End, to kindly do so while we look for alternative transport arrangement for those who can't travel on their own but are eager to go support our comrades.

"We sincerely apologise for all these conveniences comrades. The very same administrators who vouch they are with us in the call for free, decolonised education for all now are the very first people to sabotage us."