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Nelson Mandela University suspends lectures due to student protests

Protesters blocked off the entrances to the campus with tyres and debris over a lack of security.

The Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. Picture: www.mandela.ac.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Nelson Mandela University has suspended lectures for the day due to student protests.

Protesters blocked off the entrances to the campus with tyres and debris over a lack of security.

The students said there has been a high rate of crime on campus including rape and violent assault.

There were also reports of clashes with security guards.

The university's Zandile Mbalela said: “As a precautionary measure against the possible escalation of matters, the university then took a decision to temporarily suspend, until further notice, physical lectures. We encourage our lecturers and students to continue the learning and teaching mandate using alternative platforms.”