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VIDEO: Lectures commence without incident at Eastern Cape universities

By Jesica Slabbert - Feb 6, 2017
VIDEO: Lectures commence without incident at Eastern Cape universities

Classes opened without incident for the 2017 academic year at all Eastern Cape-based universities on Monday. There had been uncertainty following the violent disruptions that rocked many campuses nationwide during the #FeesMustFall protests of 2016.

There seemed to be no worries as first year and returning students walked onto the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) South Campus in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande said in January, that he hoped that the 2017 academic year would have no disruptions.

Over 6500 first year students were accepted into NMMU for the 2017 academic year despite problems faced due to the student protests that took place.

No incidents were reported at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown; the University of Fort Hare, which has campuses in Alice, Bhisho and East London; as well as the Walter Sisulu University, which has campuses in East London, Queenstown and Mthatha.