After announcing that normal operations would commence on Friday 7 October and lectures on Monday 10 October 2016 the NMMU has had to retract saying: “Unfortunately, the situation on our North and South campuses became volatile today. As a result, we are reluctant to immediately go ahead with the resumption of classes given our concerns for the safety of staff and students. Therefore, the University will remain closed on Monday.”
Editor: Let us pause and examine some of the long term consequences:
- The FMF movement has polarised and politicised their call to the detriment of the one pure message
- Different factions all want their 5 minutes of fame and have lost the purity of focus needed to successfully bring their demands to fruition
- A minority now holds sway over a majority
- Foreign students will not choose to study in SA and we will lose valuable foreign exchange
- ALL students who graduate (eventually) over the next three or four years will be tarred with the stink of FMF
- The unnecessary polarisation of this cause will have severe long term consequences for South Africa
- Those who can afford it will study overseas and be lost to our country
- Student Accommodation providers are losing out as are supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, petrol stations, and the like
- Sport and Cultural fees will either increase radically or Cinderella sports and activities will be cut from the programme
- Lecturers will resign as pressure on salaries increases
- Those lecturers in scarce and in demand subjects will leave and create a huge vacuum
- Prospective employers WILL discriminate against any student who took part in FMF or graduate for the next couple of years
- What will happen to those who expected to graduate this year and have signed job contracts?
- The FMF is managing to cheapen the efforts of every graduate before them
- Most mind blowing of all is that the FMF does not seem to understand basic economics: More jobs = More tax. Instability in the country (by supposedly intelligent students burning, looting and acting like babies) keeps tourists and investment out. Less tourists and investment = Less jobs. Less Jobs = Less Tax. Less Tax = Less money to provide free education.
- We cannot afford another scar like 1976 on our collective consciousness.
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