Five disciplinary investigation case files were stolen from an office at NMMU’s main campus building at the weekend.
While NMMU remained tight-lipped about the break-in, several authorities confirmed that files were stolen from disciplinary committee officer Linda Kapp’s office. The files were linked to an ongoing investigation into five students.
According to police, who cannot be named as they are not authorised to talk to the media, an unknown number of thieves accessed Kapp’s 12th floor office and rummaged through the files.
NMMU spokeswoman Roslyn Baatjies said the culprits gained access by breaking a glass window above Kapp’s door.
“Five student disciplinary files were taken and all these files have since been reconstructed, and the student DC [Disciplinary Committee] process will not be negatively affected by this criminal act.”
Kapp yesterday declined to comment on the burglary and referred queries to Baatjies.
Baatjies failed to respond to queries related to the nature of the content of the investigations and the stage of the disciplinary process.
“The matter is being investigated by both the NMMU Protection Services and police,” she said.
The burglary occurred on Sunday afternoon and shortly afterwards the main building was locked down. Police searched the building but no suspects were found.
Mystery surrounds how access was gained as only the lift and fire emergency exit can be used to gain access to that floor.
Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg confirmed an investigation was under way.