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NMMU expected to address #feesmustfall protesters, campuses likely closed for the week

Sep 21, 2016
NMMU expected to address #feesmustfall protesters, campuses likely closed for the week

As #feesmustfall protests continue countrywide, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) management is expected to address protesting students this afternoon. The meeting was scheduled for 12:00pm, but  has been delayed due to mobilisation efforts.

On Tuesday, students demanded that the university feeds them during the protests and that the university's management joins them in their calls for free tertiary education.

The university will likely remain closed for the rest of the week after its management’s attempts at engaging with protesting students on Tuesday failed.

"As such, we do not believe that resuming University operations for the next two days will be a viable option," said Dr Sibongile Muthwa, Acting NMMU Vice-Chancellor, in a statement.

"All academic activities at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are therefore suspended for two days, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September 2016.

"This will allow management to actively engage with students, especially around the fees statement released by Government. We believe this approach will be less disruptive to all staff and students. To minimize the impact on the academic and professional support programme, those NMMU staff who are able to work remotely should continue to do so."

She said that essential services - cleaning, catering, security, Campus Health Services and key technical services – will continue in support of students living in on-campus residences.

"The decision to close the University for the next two days was not taken lightly and is part of NMMU’s responsibility towards staff and students."

Protests broke out on several campuses across the country after Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Blade Nzimande's, fees increase recommendation on Monday.

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