UKZN students demand increased security

2014-09-18 00:00

UKZN students held a peaceful rally for improved security on the Pietermaritzburg campus yesterday.

They were responding to the rape of a student in the campus toilets last week.

Students of all ages and races gathered under umbrellas in the hot sun to sign a petition for increased security and to present suggestions to the university’s Risk Management Services.

According to Lungelo Sinazo Bhengu, one of the rally organisers, they are calling for more visible security, more lights around campus at night, random student card checks and “whistle-blower” programmes.

Thandolwethu Jele, another organiser, said they were not suggesting that the RMS was incompetent.

“It is to say that we are aware of these issues and we want them to do more. Exams are coming up and we are afraid to stay late at night studying at the library. If this happened during the day, what would happen in the library and residences at night?”

The university’s registrar has sent an e-mail to students and staff, advising them to take precautions. “Students and staff are urged to be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution when entering toilets or deserted areas on campus. Please ensure that identification cards are visible at all times. You are advised to report any suspicious activity to the relevant Risk Management Service Office,” the e-mail said.


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