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NWU’s Mahikeng campus to reopen today

Strict security measures are in place as classes resume today after the institution was closed for 5 weeks.

FILE. Police nyala seen on campus at the North West University in Mahikeng. Picture: Twitter: @Thats_Brooklyn

JOHANNESBURG - Strict security measures are in place at the North West University (NWU)'s Mahikeng campus where classes are expected to resume this morning after the institution was closed for five weeks.

University management suspended the academic programme last month after angry students set alight the science building and vandalised property.

They were unhappy with the inauguration of a new Student Representative Council.

The university's Koos Degenaar says private security guards will be deployed on campus this morning.

"We will have strong security on campus. We make use of a student card and that card will have to be activated for any student to have access to the university or to come to campus."

He says students have indicated that they are eager to resume the academic programme.

"I think the mood is positive and students have expressed a desire to continue with their studies and save the first semester."

Students moved in to residences under the strict supervision of security guards yesterday.

The university says talks with the SRC will continue, to make sure there are no more issues that could spark violence.

WATCH: NW University closed indefinitely after burning of Science Centre

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