PLUS: STUDENTS’ VIEWS
BEWARE of the ducks. This was the only warning Weekend Post staff received on entering Nelson Mandela University’s campuses.
Other than that, university security appeared unfazed by the strangers – ranging in age from their mid-twenties to late forties – moving in and out and around the campuses.
Sitting under the trees in the shade and talking on their cellphones often seemed to occupy guards’ attention.
A quirky incident noted was the duck warning where a reporter thought he was being stopped to have credentials checked, but was instead being told to slow down as ducklings were crossing the road.
Another time, a guard provided a stranger with the perfect cover to enter the campus when he labelled him an Uber driver instead of asking what the man wanted.
On a less quirky note, of the 26 visits to campuses there were 12 instances where no questions were asked at all. Of those 12 instances there were 10 occasions where no security guards could be seen at all or were noted sitting under trees some distance from the open boom gates.
Of the 14 times questions were asked, any reason given for entering the campus was accepted at face value.
The university has been sent a full report, detailing each visit and what was noted.