UJ tightens security after armed men rob 13 students of cellphones and laptops

Two armed men held up 13 students who were studying in a Lab and robbed them of their cellphones and laptops before fleeing on foot.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Thursday said it has “tightened access control measures” following an armed robbery at its Auckland Park Kingsway Campus.

On Wednesday at about 10.30pm two armed men held up 13 students who were studying in a lab. The armed men robbed students of their cellphones and laptops before fleeing on foot.

“Fortunately, there was no injury to any of the students. The University is providing the required counselling and support to the students,” said UJ in a statement.

“UJ security personnel were alerted and immediately responded to the scene. The suspects fired shots at close range at the reaction unit in the car park and fled. UJ’s reaction unit responded with warning shots and pursued the suspects. Some of the stolen goods were later recovered on campus.”

Management said it takes incidents that compromise a safe learning and working environment seriously and will not hesitate to strictly apply its own disciplinary codes in the event that perpetrators are members of the University community.

“Initiatives to significantly elevate security measures are being revised on the campuses and at student residences to ensure the safety and security of our students at all times,” said Kaamini Reddy, Senior Manager: Strategic Communication, UJ.

“UJ is actively engaging with the SAPS, emergency services, Local Ward Councillors, and the City of Johannesburg to protect students on campus and in the vicinity of its campuses.”

UJ Management urges the community to report any information they may have to the University’s Hotline number (0800204975) or to its Protection Services at the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (011 559 2555), the Doornfontein Campus (011 559 6450), the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus (011 559 1321) and Soweto Campus (011 559 5555).

– African News Agency (ANA)

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