THEFT STRIKES DUT CITY RES
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Students at the DUT City Residence are still perplexed after waking up to news that they no longer have a television.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, a flat-screen television was stolen from the TV room, but the DStv decoder and remote were left behind. All rooms were searched, but the TV was not found.
A 3rd-year Translation and Interpretation student, Vivian Mseweli, said he is not surprised as the same thing happened last year.
“Last year, City Res students tried to steal it, but were unsuccessful because they were caught. I suspect there was a break in as our security is not tight,” said Msweli.
“Students must always keep their rooms locked,” warned Msweli. “This will affect Journalism students because they rely on television for news and us as sport faithfuls,” he added.
The Head of Security at City Res, Nomthandozo Hadebe, said the students that were caught last year were reported to Residence Advisory but no disciplinary action was instituted against them. She admitted that students’ safety is at risk.
“There is no safety at all. The gate is always open,” Hadebe said. “There is one security guard. When I go to the toilet I leave the gate open and that puts them at risk. We should have at least two security guards but it’s not happening. At times I ask a KFC security guard to stand for me when I have to go somewhere.”
She added: “It is possible that students took (the TV). Last year vagrants got it through back door, so it is hard to say.”
Zamukelisiwe Vezi, a security guard who was working night shift, could not be reached for comments as her phone was off and messages sent to her were not returned.
Residence Advisory, Bongani Qwabe – who had earlier refused to comment saying couldn’t make prematurely comments – said: “We will follow procedures. This is an outsource residence; therefore the landlord must open the case to the police.”
“For now I have reported to the institution’s Department of Housing. The police will investigate what really transpired,” he added.