Students at the University of Cape Town were evacuated to safety on Sunday Afternoon as fire broke into the university premises.
In the meantime the University has cancelled all campus activities including classes, tutorials, laboratory work and tests.
On Sunday Evening the UCT released a statement, saying that all University activities will be canccelled on Monday and Tuesday.
“No classes, tutorials, laboratory work or tests will take place on Monday, 19 April or Tuesday, 20 April. We will assess the situation and provide further updates before midday on Tuesday,” they said.
“The safety of students and staff is paramount. For safety reasons, campus will be locked down and no one, other than emergency services, will be allowed access. We are all anxious about the extent of the damage to the Rondebosch campus. We will provide updates as soon as we are able to do so.”
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The Nelson Mandela bridge, the student’s passage to Bree taxi rank. Students have expressed safety concerns as a lot of them have fallen victim to the crime that takes place at the bridge.
The City of Johannesburg has been working on a plan to clean the bride off crime and has said that they want to put a stop to the criminal activities taking place at the bridge.
Mayor Geoff Makhubo stated that to ensure that students are safe, the City of Johannesburg has deployed metro police officers on the bridge and is also working with Wits security and other security companies in Braamfontein.