An association of parents has launched an urgent application at the High Court to force Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) to reopen its doors.
The urgent application will be heard at the High Court in Grahamstown on Tuesday 11 October.
The Concerned Association of Parents and Others for Tertiary Education at Universities (CAPOTEU) will be legally represented by law firm WRC Attorneys.
WRC attorney Brin Brody explains that the interdict is to compel NMMU to resume operations within 48 hours, and appoint additional security if necessary.
He says the rest of the order states that students must be disciplined for any misconduct and the Saps be invoked for any illegal activity.
NMMU has announced plans to resume classes next week, but Brody says that his clients require assurance that the university will not shut again due to protest activity.
At least 2 500 parents have formed the CAPOTEU association which represents 26 000 students who want to complete the academic year.
Parents of students at Wits and UCT have also reached out to the group for help.
The association is willing to embark on litigation at those universities if need be.— Brin Brody, Attorney at Wheeldon Rushmere & Cole Inc.
If the judgement rules in their favour, the same ruling can apply in other jurisdiction and universities, Brody explains.
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