In his recent Budget Speech delivered on 15 May 2018 at the Old Assembly in Parliament, Deputy Minister Bongani Mkongi highlighted the scourge of campus crimes in colleges and universities in South Africa.
During his moving speech, The Deputy Minister of Police paid a special homage to students who were brutally killed on campuses in the last year including Lwando Mantshontsho, who was stabbed to death by five of his fellow students on 12 May 2017 Atlanta Residence at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.
He also made reference to Zolile Khumalo who was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend at her off-campus residence at Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban.
“Since these incidences of the brutal killings of our children and our students at institutions of higher learning. On Friday, 11 May 2018, together with Minister Cele, we officially launched the Campus Safety program in the Tshwane University of Technology.
“Going forward we will embark on the roadshow to all institutions of higher learning with the aim of having campus safety dialogues” the Deputy Minister said.
The Deputy Minister also made mention of the SAPS partnership with the Ministries of Social Development, Basic Education and Higher Education to convene the School and Campus Safety Summit to review the effectiveness of the current school and safety initiatives.
These bold pronouncements by the Deputy Minister of Police follows on recent development spearheaded by the Campus Safety Support Services NPC and other concerned stakeholders towards addressing the lack of efficient and effective campus policing in most campus.
These initiatives include the re-training of the current Campus Safety Officers as well as the introduction of Campus Safety Cadets programs at the various colleges and universities. The latter program is currently being piloted at the Tshwane North TVET College Temba Campus.
On 9-11 August 2018, the Campus Safety Support Services NPC will host the “Dealing with Gender-Based Violence Seminar” in partnership with the SAPS Social Crime Prevention Unit at the Tshwane University of Technology Soshanguve Campus and the Lillian Ngoyi Museum in Pretoria. For information on the program contact Stephen Ngobeni or Nico Sibanyoni at 012 717 2071 or email@example.com.