WSU student thrown to his death
Mthatha campus group accused colleague of theft
A Walter Sisulu University student died at the Mthatha campus after fellow students attacked him and threw him off a third floor.
According to the university he had been suspected of being a thief.
Another student, who had sent a WhatsApp note was injured in the Saturday night outburst, but fled for his life.
The second-year public management student died at Zamukulungisa site on Saturday night.
University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo said the student had been attacked by others, “and thrown from the third floor of one of the buildings of the university”.
“Security services at the university said the deceased was accused of stealing cell phones and laptops of other students.”
Tukwayo said the university strongly condemned the violent acts by students. “We are committed to stamping out violent and unruly behaviour.”
She said the matter was under police investigation and the university would not rest until those accused of killing the student faced charges.
Sources on the campus said the incident had been sparked by a WhatsApp voice note overheard by others.
Acting on the apparent belief that the note about laptops and phones implied criminality, a mob of students grabbed the phone and attacked its owner.
A whistle was blown, which is usually done to raise the alarm on a security concern, and students converged on the fracas.“Students went looking for the student who had sent the voice note. He was eventually found, but had no phones or laptops.“However, he was assaulted,” said a student who asked to remain anonymous. The student who had received the voice note was badly beaten.“He was begging for them to stop, but they carried on. When he was unconscious, they dragged him to the third floor of one of the residences and threw him down.”Students on the campus have complained about university management not protecting them from a gang of violent thieves on campus who are after cellphones and laptops.“Levels of crime are very high on this site. It’s unlikely that a week would end without hearing of a student that was robbed of their belongings,” said another student.She said women students did not feel safe. “The security system here is very weak.”Many students had been mugged or their rooms were broken into and their belongings stolen, she said. “When they heard [about the commotion], their anger reached boiling point.”Tukwayo said there were a number of upgrades taking place at the campus, among them an upgrade of security.Mthatha police spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena said when police arrived, the young man was already dead.No arrests have been made.
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Lisakhanya Miti, was stabbed in the face, chest and back when an argument over a chair turned violent. He was rushed to hospital...