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Five Walter Sisulu University students nabbed following campus drug raid

May 17, 2018
Five Walter Sisulu University students nabbed following campus drug raid

The Walter Sisulu University on Thursday confirmed that five of its students, suspected of being involved in a drug manufacturing and distribution ring, were arrested last week at the institution’s Zamukulungisa site in Mthatha following a raid by a security task team established by the institution’s management.

The raid, which was effected after weeks of investigation and an eventual tip-off, uncovered copious amounts of drugs, drug paraphernalia, hand-held weapons, stolen electronic goods, cell phones, as well as identity documents in one of the campus’s residence rooms.

Walter Sisulu University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Rob Midgley, who launched the task team in March, lauded its efforts in uncovering the illegal establishment and subsequently bringing the alleged perpetrators to book.

“All indications are that this was a sophisticated and well run operation that has been using our premises for the distribution of these drugs for quite some time. With this intervention, we want to send a message to the broader WSU community that lawlessness and disorder will not be tolerated any longer.

“Such efforts are essential in instilling discipline in our students and creating peace at the University to restore the dignity of the institution and create a conducive learning environment. We simply have to say, ‘Enough is enough!’” said Midgley.

He emphasised the culture of crime and violence at the University was a systematic and deep-seated challenge that emanates from and is compounded by issues such as overcrowding, inadequate campus control and ineffective securitization of the campuses.

Midgley said the university had made critical interventions in recent times to improve safety and security on campus, including the appointments of key executives in the ICT and operations division to oversee the implementation of effective campus control and safety measures.

“The time for conceptualizing plans and strategies on how to combat criminality on campus are over. We must now make a concerted effort to actively fight crime head on and not waste any more time on plans and strategies,” he said.

Following the arrests, numerous charges of theft, drug possession with intent to distribute and drug dealing were laid by police against the alleged perpetrators.

Midgley said over and above the ongoing legal and criminal processes surrounding the case, the University, once it has been furnished with all the necessary information, will effect internal disciplinary measures against those found to have transgressed University rules. 

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