Aggrieved Students Shut Down Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University


Scores of aggrieved students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University held a demonstration on Monday over fees and results.

The violent-free protest saw the students barricade the north and south entrances of the campuses.

Speaking in a statement, the SA Students Congress said: “Students are unable to add modules for the second semester due to outstanding funds of the first semester. The students results are being withheld.”

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The students’ grievances got intensified after students results were withheld and those with outstanding fees were evicted from their residences.

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The student congress also alleged the university failed to abide by an agreement reached last year during the #FeesMustFall protests. It said the university failed to implement insourcing of services. Till now, the monthly minimum wage of security guards, kitchen staff, and grounds people is still R3500 instead of the agreed R5000, the congress alleged.

Sasco branch secretary, Athengosi Bhangushe, said: “The issue now is that debt relief has turned into a debt trap for the students. We told the university in January that we didn’t have money, so where do we get the money now?”

A student of the university expressed shock that the university demanded for fees after her debt was cancelled last year.

She said: “I am actually shocked that the university is now demanding me to pay last term’s money. My parents are not working.”

Meanwhile, the university management is currently holding talks with various groups to seek solutions to the #FeesMust Fall student and staff related issues.

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The university earlier called on staff and students not to enter the institution for their own safety in the heat of the moment.

While calls have been made to allow some students start their second semester, the students said they will intensify mass action “because this is the only language that the university understands.”