NMMU to convene meeting as protest continues


The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has announced that a meeting with student leaders will take place tomorrow afternoon, amidst the ongoing protest action at its North and South Campuses.

Earlier this morning, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at students who had barricaded roads leading in/out of the university, in protest against the Department of Higher Education’s decision to increase university fees by six percent from 2016. All activities for Wednesday have since been put on hold.

The action, which initially stated at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) last week, has escalated to institutions of higher education across country following the confirmation of the increase by Minister Blade Nzimande yesterday.

In a statement, NMMU Communications Director Lebogang Hashatse said the meeting, and subsequent dialogue, would take place at the university’s Madibaz Indoor Stadium at 13h00 on Thursday in an attempt to resolve the disruptions.

“In the interim, the University Management wishes to make it known that the protest action taking place today is being monitored and that the University will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of students, staff and property,” Hashatse said.

“Students and staff should note that teaching and learning, and the rest of the university business, will resume tomorrow morning as per usual”.