Daily Dispatch

NMMU and parent body ordered to resume talks


THE Grahamstow­n High Court has instructed Nelson Mandela Metropolit­an University (NMMU) and an associatio­n of concerned parents to resume mediation over fee protests with all stakeholde­rs at the university.

The Concerned Associatio­n of Parents and others for Tertiary Education at Universiti­es (Captu), earlier this month took NMMU to court in a bid to force it to obtain an interdict against protesters to end the shutdown and resume academic activities.

But last week, the parties instead agreed to try resolve their difference­s through mediation and engagement with all stakeholde­rs, including the student representa­tive council, university council, #FeesMustFa­ll, Sasco, EFF Student Command and NMMU Black Stokvel/ Marikana.

The agreement stipulated that if the mediation failed, the parties could return to the high court to argue the applicatio­n.

Mediation did fail but Captu’s high court applicatio­n became moot at the weekend when NMMU obtained an interdict off its own bat and announced it would resume the academic programme on Tuesday.

Captu said it would not pursue its applicatio­n but still wanted NMMU to foot the legal bill for it. It returned to court to argue the issue of costs on Tuesday.

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