Vox pop: How do you feel about the 13 UJ students who were robbed on campus?

PALESA MOTSEKO: As a student I feel unsafe since the robbery took place. My biggest concern is how the robbers got into our university and what will happen in the future.


A group of 13 students was held up at gunpoint on 8 March inside the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Auckland Park campus.

The two suspects fled the scene with the students’ iPads and laptops.

No students were harmed during the robbery. One of the suspects was shot during a shootout with officers of a private security company on the campus. After the incident, the university released a statement stating that the safety of the students was their first priority.

Northcliff Melville Times asked other students what their thoughts were on the robbery.

UJ student Traumain Stols, who lives in Eldorado Park, said these kind of incidents were not a major concern to him.

“I’m from a neighbourhood where these sort of incidents happen often. I believe you can get robbed anywhere,” said Stols.

Fellow student Sinethemba Mnguni said she did not feel safe after hearing about the incident. She too attends night classes, like the students who were robbed.

Some students were unaware of the event, whereas others heard about the robbery from different sources such as social media or from other students.

Lincoln Mashitisho said he was unaware of the incident until he heard about it from another student and said the university was not to blame.

Palesa Motseko said she was concerned about how the robbers gained access onto the campus.

UJ’s senior manager of strategic communications, Kaamini Reddy said they were confident that the suspects would be apprehended and that they planned to increase security on campus.


SINETHEMBA MNGUNI: I don’t feel safe as a student because at times I have classes at night. The university needs to do more to ensure our safety.


MINENHLE MKHABELA: I feel the incident with the robbery is quite frightening due to the fact that I [attend] school here every day. It is worrying to know that if I want to study at night, I won’t be able to do that due to a lack of safety on campus.

MICHEAL MKHIZE: I’m not surprised about the robbery. The security guards who are bouncers are not doing their jobs. I feel the statement the university made is not enough, they need to take more drastic measures.


TRAUMAIN STOLS: I’m not concerned about my safety since the incident. In the neighbourhood where I’m from, these sort of incidents happen often and I believe you can get robbed anywhere. I don’t think that the university’s security is the problem.


LINCOLN MASHITISHO: I heard about the robbery from another student and believe it is an indication that you are never safe wherever you are. I don’t blame the university for what happened.


PALESA MOTSEKO: As a student I feel unsafe since the robbery took place. My biggest concern is how the robbers got into our university and what will happen in the future.


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Naledi Mokoena

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