5 STUDENTS STUCK IN A LIFT AT DUT
By: Shiyo Nkambule
Students studying Office Management at the Durban University of Technology were stuck in a lift at M.L Sultan campus, yesterday.
The five got stuck in the lift from 10h25 am and only got to be rescued at 12h03pm after an official from the institution contacted the lift manufacturing company, OTIS.
“We got stuck in this lift aiming to go to the library and prepare for our assignment that is due on Wednesday and it’s more than 30 minutes stuck in this lift,” Zama Mncube, told JournalismIziko, whilst still stuck in the lift.
The security staff informed JournalismIziko that they had contacted the company, OTIS, and reported the matter but help did not come immediately. Witnesses say that it was only after Rakesh Maharaj, a librarian at the institution gave OTIS another ring that the company decided to send an assistant.
However, Maharaj and some students are convinced that the security personnel present at the scene are the ones who didn’t call the emergency contact numbers on time.
“I am going to report this issue to the Head of Security. How can they say they have called for while they didn’t? These students are missing classes that they should be attending,” Maharaj said.
Two students amongst the five, Kwazi Mbuthuma and Busi Kunene, are asthmatic and didn’t have their inhalers with them when the incident took place. But, thanks to one of the librarians who had her inhaler and borrowed it to them.
A nurse from the Steve Biko campus clinic came as soon as possible to assist the students and took the two with her to the clinic.
This incident has left many without confidence in the lift, the security and also OTIS as it still remains unclear who was slow to act after this mishap occurred.