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Extra security for Medunsa campus

The university has urged students to return to classes and full security will be offered as a result.

University of Limpopo’s medical campus, Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa) campus. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Extra security and police will be in place this morning at the University of Limpopo's medical campus in Garankuwa following threatening SMS's warning students not to return to class until further notice.

The SMS was circulated on Monday and Tuesday and calls for all students to stand behind five others who were charged with malicious damage to property following a three-week protest at the Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa) campus .

The message also states those who attend lectures "will be dealt with."

The five students appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Monday.

But the university's management says such disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated and has urged students to return to campus without any fear.

Spokesman Kgalema Mohuba says, "We encourage the studfents to go back to class and the management will offer them the kind of protection that they need. And they should not be threatened by few students who did some acts of criminality. We'll protect them because this will affect their future."

Kgalema Mohuba said the majority of students will heed the call that the university is coming back to normality."

Students have been demanding that certain lecturers be suspended and the university retains its name.

These demands have not yet been met but the university says classes will resume.