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NMMU #FeesMustFall protesters discuss future as management threatens shutdown

By Jesica Slabbert - Sep 28, 2016
NMMU #FeesMustFall protesters discuss future as management threatens shutdown

Despite a threat of a shutdown if protests don’t stop at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), which seems to be closed for the remainder of the week, the various #FeesMustFall groups at the institution seem undaunted in their calls for free education.

The groups, which are now no longer associated with the NMMU’s Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) led Student Representative Council (SRC), have arranged Open Dialogues and gatherings of their own throughout the week in order to discuss how they will press on with their campaign.

On Wednesday, a  group had scheduled an Open Dialogue to take place at an off-campus location, but since the NMMU has shut down its shuttle service, until the protests have ended, students supporting the campaign had to arrange their own transport in order to attend the gathering.

The first meeting was held at 21 Chapel Corner at 12:30, with another one scheduled for 17:00 at the XM Dining Hall.

An open dialogue discussion the role of female students within the #FeesMustFall movement is also expected to take place at 18:00 at Chapel Corner.

The SRC has also arranged for a mass meeting of parents, stakeholders, students and the Nelson Mandela Bay community, to try and figure out a way forward - so that the academic year for 2016 is not wasted.

This meeting is happening on Saturday the 1st of October at 12:00 at the NMMU 2nd Avenue Campus Auditorium.