FROM cell phone theft on campus to an alleged serial rapist in the Braamfontein in 2010, crime seems to be a reality that comes with being a carefree student disillusioned by the safety of the walls of the university.
Bonolo Mophosho, a Psychology Masters student, fell victim to a man who cunningly stole cell phones on campus last year. She said the young man claimed he was a past student and began chatting to her outside the Oppenheimer Life Sciences Library (OLS) on East Campus.
“He was charming and smart, even greeted people on campus, so I was convinced he was a well known Witsie,” said Mophosho.
“He was waiting for his sister and requested to send her a callback using my phone because he was running late for a meeting. Trusting him, I agreed. My phone then received a call from the number he had dialled and I handed him my phone so he could answer. He walked off as if he were moving away from the noise, even leaving his documents and phone with me. That was the last I saw of him. I later discovered his phone was ‘dead.’ I reported the incident to Campus control and was told he had done the same thing to many girls on campus, there was a drawer full of dead phones presented by his victims. It took him a few seconds to run away with my phone.”
“Attempts are being made to identify the suspect. No arrest has been made,” according to Campus Control.
Meanwhile an alleged serial rapist charged appeared again in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court earlier this week, on charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping.
Mlunigisi Mtshali allegedly targeted young black women between the ages of 19 and 21 around Braamfontein and Pretoria, luring them to a hotel room under the pretence of celebrating his birthday or fetching some luggage in the hotel room.
He was denied bail on Monday and is remanded in custody until his next court appearance on May 6, 2011.
Security guards on campus warn that the Doves Building Corner on Yale road, East Campus entrance has no lighting at night. Students are advised to use the Stations entrance, near the Wits theatre and the Security Escort Service available 24 hours, on 011 717-4444, Main Campus and 011 717-2222, Medical School.