Stu­dents con­cerned about their safety

Cape Times - - NEWS - Lon­wabo Marele lon­wabo.marele@inl.co.za

‘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

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