NMU says classes will be back to normal after Easter

09:18 (GMT+2) Sun, 21 Apr 2019

Nelson Mandela University says its operations are set to return to normal on Tuesday following two days of students protests this week.

The University says an agreement was reached between the Student Representative Council and Management at a meeting held on Thursday afternoon.

NMU said in a statement that the parties met to engage on a petition submitted by the SRC chief of which related to funding by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and accommodation.

The University says following a special appeals process, it received feedback from NSFAS that a further 420 students will receive funding from the scheme and thus qualify for accommodation.

Students were also briefed on progress on implementing the University’s plans in respect of the shuttle service and the construction of additional on-campus accommodation in Port Elizabeth and George.

The University said in a statement:

We respect the constitutionally enshrined right to exercise agency in promoting social justice and equality. In this spirit, the University has further strengthened inclusive engagement with students and staff through the establishment of various strategies and platforms.

To this end, a policy was crafted in consultation with the SRC and approved by Council to formalise and guide engagement processes with students in line with protocols and channels.

The rules of engagement as set out in the abovementioned policy must be exhausted before resorting to protest action. These protocols were not followed by protesting students resulting in the enactment of the interdict.

In moving forward, the University remains committed to promoting social cohesion and solidarity in advancing its core mandate of academic excellence.