Two NMMU sides wrangle over fee protests

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JOHANNESBURG, 05 OCTOBER 2016 A group calling itself #Open-NMMU urged university authorities to reopen the campus. It accuses Fees Must Fall movement leaders of dividing students along racial lines.

PORT ELIZABETH - A group of students held a silent protest outside Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Wednesday.

The group calling itself Open-NMMU, called on university authorities to reopen the campus.

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It’s also accused Fees Must Fall movement leaders of infringing on their right to education, but fees must fall movement leaders responded, accusing the silent protesters of racially dividing the student body.

The two students’ sides later agreed to hold another debate to discuss the matter.

 

 

Meanwhile university authorities have warned students they won't be able to catch up on their 2016 academic work, unless classes resume soon.

"We want the cost of University education to drop. We are struggling students at the end of the day. All we’re asking for is the university stays open. At the end of the day it’s not the university’s fault. It’s government’s fault. If government can spend one trillion dollars on a nuclear deal then they can spend one trillion dollars on helping us in our educational struggle," said #OpenNMMU Leader, Ishaan Jassat.