UKZN: students flock to hear cops on drugs, crime

2012-05-11 00:00

STUDENTS came in numbers to listen to a message about the dangers of drugs and crime that the police delivered at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s main campus yesterday.

The awareness campaign was initiated by Isaac Luthuli of Student Services Central SRC, who said he had seen an increase in crime and drug use on campus.

Luthuli approached the police and suggested they work together to fight crime.

“There are a lot of people using dagga around campus and that leads to them missing classes.

“In some instances students have lost their laptops and cellphones and their rooms have been broken into. There is a lot of crime going on around here,” he said.

Luthuli took it upon himself to find a solution that could help to curb drug abuse and crime on the campus.

Alexandra Road police station commander Vusumuzi Dlamini told The Witness it was important for the police to warn students about the dangers of drugs and crime. “According to reports, there are lots of students who are using drugs. The use of drugs usually leads to crime. We want them to know what’s happening around them so that they can also help in the fight against drugs and crime.”

Dlamini said Scottsville, where many students live, was a crime hotspot and warned students to be aware of this and be crime conscious.

Siphiwe Gwala, Community Police Forum chairperson, said curbing crime should be a priority for students.

“It would really help if they would form sub-forums that will report to us if there is any crime going on around the campus.”

Gwala said that working with communities had helped reduce crimes in certain areas.

This is the first time police have gone to the university to raise awareness among students and they said they hoped to be invited again.

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