Free Education Movement to hold mass meeting following Shimla Park incident

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Students and security team effort to remove protestors during the Varsity Cup match between FNB Shimlas v FNB NMMU Madibaz held at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein on February 22, 2016 ©Frikkie Kapp /SASPA
Bloemfontein – The Free Education Movement will hold a mass meeting today following an incident at a Varsity Cup rugby match at Shimla Park Stadium at the Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State last night.

The Movement said on its Facebook page the meeting would be held at 12 pm at the student centre at UFS.

This comes after a group of about 20 students entered Shimla Park during a rugby match between the Shimlas and Ikeys and requested university management to suspend play and make a public announcement regarding the Shimla Park Report, which was released earlier this month.

The group was addressed by Acting Vice-Chancellor and Rector, Prof Nicky Morgan, who said university management had offered to meet with the group’s leadership about the involvement of students in the proposed actions and implementation of recommendations mentioned in the report, as well as other transformation interventions at the university.

The Report followed an investigation into an incident in February last year when a group of protesters disrupted a Varsity Cup match, which culminated in a mass brawl with spectators. The incident led to days of violent protests and millions of Rands worth of damage caused to university property.

The Free Education Movement said aside from the Shimla Park Report, other issues to be discussed at today’s meeting include National Student Financial Aid Scheme students who have not registered; problems regarding university residences, and administration fees.

Moeketsi Mogotsi-BloemfonteinCourant