Cele launches campus safety plan in Sosh

Minister of Police Bheki Cele. Photo: File

The minister of police launched a campus safety plan last Friday in an anti-crime initiative at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Minister Bheki Cele and other stakeholders visited TUT South campus in response to a spike to crime at the campus.

He was invited by law student Mitchel Moloto.

Cele said following murders and other crimes at universities around South Africa, the ministry had introduced a safety plan.

Cele said the first-of-its-kind initiative was due to serious concerns about safety and gender-based violence at campuses.

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He said the police would regularly raid suspicious locations around the institutions and urged students to always carry their student IDs with them.

“As a start, the police will patrol the neighbouring streets,” said Cele.

With Cele was national police commissioner, Khehla Sitole who said: “This plan entails dealing with nearby taverns and making regular visits to the student communes to evaluate their safety.”

Students lined up for one-on-one discussions with Cele to complain about the various unsolved cases they reported.

Student representative council deputy president, Kevin Phehla said the initiative was significant in that it would help tighten up security.

“The initiative will assist us in closing a gap between the students and the management in fighting crime that is affecting students both inside and outside the campus,” he said.

CPF director Steve Mosomane urged the students to work with the police.

“We encourage students to report crime so that perpetrators can be dealt with, and we already have patrollers in parts of Soshanguve to ensure you are safer,” he said.

SRC deputy president, Makabongwe Shandu.

Minister of police Bheki Cele addresses students at the Tshwane University of Technology on Friday.

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Simphiwe Malunga

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