An unknown male who took a students’ phone last Friday was captured on CCTV footage.

During the first week of the second semester, when many students are changing and adding subjects, 3rd year BA student Lebo Mphela, was filling in amendment forms at the faculty of humanities table. When she left after completing the forms, she forgot her phone.

A 3rd year BA (psychology) student who did not want to be named saw the phone and asked a male student approaching the table if the phone was his. He said it was not but promised to leave it at reception.

After realising she had left her Nokia 5800 phone on the table, Mphela rushed back to the faculty. The psychology student told her to ask the faculty staff for her phone as she told the man to leave it there.

Mphela was told no one had left the phone there and was advised to go and view the camera footage at the investigation office in Room 24 of Senate House.

Mphela called her number but her phone was switched off. “What kind of person leaves with someone‘s phone, I didn’t expect this kind of behaviour from Witsies, I am stressed,” she said.

The CCTV camera traced the person who took the phone but his identity has not been revealed. The investigation office will use the snap taken from the camera to find him.

“Whether or not the phone is recovered, I just hope this guy is found. It will help with awareness, people will see the risks of stealing things,” Mphela said.

Some students who have lost phones do, however, get them back. Mmathapelo Khutoane, a 3rd year BA student, said she once forgot her phone at Umthombo Building. When she called her number, a female student answered and gave her phone back.