“The accused is an opportunist operator, which means that his behaviour is fostered by negligence,” says Fouché. Acts such as leaving one’s room unlocked while in the bathroom or in general and leaving one’s keys on the door frame can be described as “unintentional negligence”. Constable Ben Moloko also describes the accused as a habitual criminal, meaning his criminal behaviour is of a repetitive nature.

Due to the magnitude of the case, a task team was created involving investigating officer Constable Moloko and principal investigating officer Linda Meyer of the Brooklyn SAPS along with Napoleon Boshielo (investigating officer of the UP Department of Security Services) and Fouché. The task team utilised the help of residence co-ordinators and, at a later stage in the investigation, put a reward out for any vital information that could help with the investigation.

Fouché emphasised the importance of a “collective responsibility” among students, both residing in residences and day students. “Students also need to be alert and aware of their surroundings,” says Fouché, as “this is to ensure that we as the Department of Security Services can play our functional role in safeguarding assets and the wellbeing of students. We want students to know that every crime that is reported at UP is investigated internally.” Students are encouraged to take preventative measures in ensuring the safety of themselves and their belongings.

The Brooklyn SAPS, who are under the Brooklyn Station Commander Brigadier Kushie Nair, commended Constable Moloko for securing the sentence and UP’s Department of Security Services for their assistance and cooperation in the investigation.

 

 

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