The University immediately responded to reports of student intolerance on Monday 20 June and has been engaging with those involved ever since to ensure that fair and correct legal processes are followed in its investigation inquiries.
Part of NMMU’s inquiry includes investigating allegations of a student sustaining injuries after being deliberately bumped by a car on campus earlier in the day. In addition, the allegation that the University’s Student Representative Council President, Nicholas Nyati, was assaulted, is being investigated. The unauthorised release of CCTV video evidence – shared solely to support investigations in identifying the perpetrators – went viral at the weekend. This is highly regrettable.
While NMMU is hugely disappointed with this breach of promise (all parties signed an agreement not to distribute the evidence), it is even more concerned about the rising levels of political intolerance between the different student groupings.
NMMU condemns violence in the strongest possible terms, and will not tolerate any form of violence or intimidation on its campuses as the country moves toward national municipal elections on 3 August.
Statements from students involved in Monday’s skirmishes have been taken and are currently being investigated. Furthermore, the University facilitated the transportation of students to the South African Police Services (SAPS) on Monday so that they could lodge their complaints.
It is believed students from both DASO and SASCO have laid criminal charges.
The University is working towards a speedy resolution of this matter and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for all staff and students. NMMU urges student formations to participate in the meditation initiative currently underway.
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Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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