UCT prepares for Obama's address

The speech is believed to be centered around former President Nelson Mandela's legacy.

U.S. President Barack Obama. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - US President Barack Obama is expected to address hundreds of students at the University of Cape Town on Sunday afternoon, nearly five decades after Robert Kennedy gave a famous speech at the same university.

Obama and his family visited the historical Robben Island and the Desmond Tutu Youth HIV Centre in Noordhoek.

There was a long queue leading from the small hall where the US President was set to give his speech.

The speech is believed to be centered around former President Nelson Mandela's legacy.

Inside the cramped hall, there were American and South African flags plastered on the walls around the elevated podium.

Students, politicians, socialites and media players are among those strictly invited to Sunday night's speech.

US agents and local police have been scouring and securing the area with sniffer dogs.

Elsewhere on campus, a small group of anti-US protesters were making their voices heard by shouting "Burn Obama Burn" and waving Palestinian flags.