QUIRKY WARN­ING

PLUS: STU­DENTS’ VIEWS

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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