THE Limpopo department of health and social development has "temporarily" closed down three nursing colleges after riots during the past week.
About 300 nursing students have been told to vacate the campuses until further notice.
This follows ugly incidents in which students at the Mankweng, Giyani and Thohoyandou nursing colleges destroyed their institutions' property last week.
The students were allegedly demanding to be allowed to proceed with their courses despite having failed major subjects.
In Mankweng students broke chairs and tables and emptied rubbish bins on to the floors.
In Giyani students burnt tyres on the college premises and in Thohoyandou students locked the college's gates and barred officials from entering.
Spokesperson for the department Selby Makgotho confirmed yesterday that the three colleges had been closed down.
Makgotho said the department was still assessing the damage that had been caused .
Meanwhile, Mankweng police spokesperson Inspector Malan Nchabeleng said yesterday the seven students of the Mankweng Nursing College, who allegedly destroyed the college's property, would appear in the local magistrate's court today.
They are charged with malicious damage to property and public violence on campus.