Students concerned about their safety
‘Since beginning of the year, there have been serious problems with meeting basic demands, and from March, break-ins escalated’
DESPITE the more than 14 breakins in the last 7 months at South Point New Market Junction (NMJ) residence, the management has been slow to provide any additional security measures.
Students at the Woodstock residence believe they have not been treated fairly in management’s response to their concerns.
They said that since the beginning of the year there had been serious problems with meeting basic demands, and from March, break-ins in the area escalated.
On Tuesday, students demanded that the South Point regional facility manager, Vicus Botha or the operations manager, Shamil Slamdien address their concerns.
In response to an e-mail from student house committee chairperson Athi Mpela, Slamdien responded to students’ concerns, saying: “South Point does not control the crime rate in the country…”
Following Slamdien’s e-mail, yesterday NMJ-residents barred security guards and cleaners from entering the residence until their demands of a fence, burglar bars and more security guards, were met.
Yesterday Mpela told the Cape Times that as recently as Sunday there was a break-in at the residence and a student’s laptop and several items were stolen.
“This is not the first time it is happening. We lock our rooms but it does not help because they use the windows to climb in. We have had over 10 break-ins including that of my room and my three neighbours. “Security cameras are not working and there is a shortage of security guards.
“In a meeting we had with South Point in August they said that by the end of September they would install proper burglar bars.
“We will take this further with CPUT so that they can talk to South Point,” said Mpela.
Slamdien said: “We have engaged to install additional security measures. External windows are fitted with security barring on the external periphery of the building. We are engaged in a process to install additional security barring to windows on the inside of the windows.”
“By virtue of the different window style and size the material needs to be individually manufactured before we can install.
“In total this accounts excess of 60 rooms,” he said. for in