NMMU to meet with student groups today, confirms all activities will resume

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 22, 2015

Management of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is expected to meet with students leaders at 13h00 this afternoon to discuss ways in ending the ongoing protest against the hiking of fees for next year.

A reported three student were injured when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse students from gathering outside the main North Campus yesterday. The university has since confirmed that all its classes would resume today.

“The University leadership has communicated to staff and students that NMMU will resume with normal university activity as we are deeply concerned about the loss of precious academic time for study preparation and research by all our students,” NNMU Vice-Chancellor Derrick Swartz said in a statement.

“I have requested all university entrances to be secured to facilitate free flow of people and business, and also requested a meeting with students at 1pm today to listen to, and talk to, any grievances and issues raised by student leaders”.

He also stated that the university remains committed in seeking ways to making studying more affordable, adding that while it is within the rights of students to protest, “no-one has the rights to trample on the rights of others wishing to go on with their lives”.

“NMMU has over 24 500 students and over 2 700 staff members. All of their rights must be respected and fully observed. We are compassionate and support the quest for alleviation to economic hardship, but in doing so, we equally assert the rights of freedom of movement and being of all our staff and students,” he said.

Early on Wednesday, Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip described the firing of rubber bullets and tear gas at protesting NMMU students, as “government’s oppression of democracy”.

Following the chaos at NMMU, Eastern Cape police issued a stern warning against public violence during the protests.

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