Parents question security measures at UKZN after rape

2014-09-17 00:00

PARENTS of University of KwaZulu-Natal students have questioned the security measures on the Pietermaritzburg campus after a woman was raped there last week.

Many parents have written to The Witness, asking questions about the security measures in place at the university, and sharing the experiences of their children on the campus.

One worried parent pointed out a sign that indicates that the area where the rape occurred is monitored by CCTV cameras.

However, despite what the sign says, the police say the rapist’s identity is still unknown.

“As a concerned parent, I want to know if these cameras are active? What is being done about security when we read about the many thefts and hijackings in the area?” a man asked.

Another furious parent related his past experiences with the security at UKZN.

“On about the seventh of August my daughter informed me about a mugging on campus. I duly contacted the campus security office and spoke to a Mr Sithole, who assured me that they have the safety and security issue under control.

“However, my daughter’s safety was compromised a few days later when she had to go into the home of a total stranger to evade a potential attack. In light of the exorbitant university fees one pays, one wonders if adequate safety and security measures are in place on campus. What are the authorities doing?” he said.

UKZN was e-mailed questions concerning their camera systems and other security measures, but no response was received at the time of going to press.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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