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#FeesMustFall: NMMU remains closed as SASCO and SRC pull in different directions

AUGUST 24, 2016
#FeesMustFall: NMMU remains closed as SASCO and SRC pull in different directions

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Wednesday called off academic business for the second day after students from the South African Students Congress (SASCO) blocked entrances to the university 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.

"As an update to this morning’s text message, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will remain closed today," the NMMU said in a statement.

"This means that all activities, bar essential services, will not resume for the rest of the day.

"During this time, 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.  

"Professional support services will need to advise their teams on the way forward in providing essential services in support of those students who are living on campus. This refers specifically to protection services, cleaning, campus health and catering services."

It said that all other employees are expected to work from home and be on call.

"These are uncertain times, not only for NMMU but the sector generally. We recognize the inconvenience caused to our staff and students. We will continue to update you."

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.