UKZN: IT technician arrested for stealing laptop

2010-10-29 00:00

A SENIOR technician at the University of KwaZulu-Natal was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of stealing one of the university’s computers.

Nizam Ebrahim (39), information communication technology technician (ICT) at the Pietermaritzburg campus, was arrested in the afternoon. He is an information technology (IT) specialist.

He was found in possession of a laptop, which had been reportedly stolen from the ICT’s storeroom.

He had allegedly kept the laptop in his office without authorisation.

“He offered to resign, but the investigators said he would not be allowed to do so before he faces prosecution.”

The source said senior managers, who arrived from the head office in Durban, expressed shock and disappointment as he was a trusted employee.

Another source said the theft of learning and administration equipment is widespread at the campus.

He said about 60 personal computers and laptops were reported missing this year alone.

He said four people, who are working for the ICT department, were suspended in September after they were charged with serious misconduct and theft.

The stolen equipment at the local campus also included huge agricultural machines, said the source.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the accused was arrested by the institution’s security officers, who handed him over to police.

She said the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court released him on R1 000 bail.

UKZN spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi confirmed the alleged incident of theft, but denied other allegations of theft.

“The staff member has been placed on leave whilst investigations are continuing.”

Criminal proceedings have been initiated and internal disciplinary processes will also take place.

“No other reports of theft of equipment have been reported to RMS [Risk Management Services],” said Mbadi.

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