UPDATE: NMMU says it is aware of voice note threatening students

AUGUST 24, 2016

As the impasse continues at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), the institution on Wednesday said that it is aware of a voice note that is doing rounds threatening students, who might want to access its campuses.

This is as academic business was called off for the second day after students from the South African Students Congress (SASCO) again blocked entrances to the university in the morning in response to a call by the SASCO Eastern Cape leadership that all campuses in the province be shutdown in protest over a possible fee increase for the 2017 academic year.

"Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is aware of a voice note that is doing the rounds, in which a very threatening and hateful message is communicated against those wanting to access parts of the university," the institution said.

"The university is investigating the source and veracity of the message. An appropriate sanction will be metted out on conclusion of the investigation.

"This message goes against the very core of the values this institution stands for and does not represent the views of the university."

On Wednesday morning, the NMMU said that its management will continue to engage with students to find a lasting solution towards ensuring that the academic programme continues, even while these students heed a call for free education for the poor.

On Tuesday, efforts by the DA Students Organisation (DASO) led NMMU Student Representative Council (SRC) to call off the shutdown, which the SRC said would affect students who were due to write tests, failed dismally.