Cele visits UniZulu after deadly attacks

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Police Minister Bheki Cele will today visit the University of Zululand (UniZulu) following the fatal killing of a student at the weekend.

A 19-year-old UniZulu student was stabbed, allegedly by his roommate, at the institution's KwaDlangezwa campus on Sunday following an argument between the two.

The disagreement turned violent when one of them then fatally stabbed the other with a kitchen knife. Angered by this, the alleged perpetrator was then severely assaulted by fellow students and had to be rushed to hospital. 

The alleged perpetrator has since been arrested and is currently under police guard until he is well enough to appear in court on murder charges.

Cele is expected to arrive at the institution’s main campus at 10am.

UniZulu said the deceased student was the second to die at the weekend after another was killed in a vehicle accident a day earlier.

“The university extends its deepest sympathies to the student’s family and friends, as well as the University community for the tragic loss of young lives,” the institution said, adding that it abhors violence as a way of resolving conflict.

“It is especially opposed to the use of force and violence on campuses, as a way of resolving problems. It is our view that this constitutes a fundamental violation of the hard won constitutional right of the sanctity of human life.”

The University is providing counselling services to all the affected parties and urged those who require counselling services to advise the Student Support Service for further assistance.

University leadership has also taken swift and decisive action by initiating an independent investigation which will unravel facts surrounding the incidents as the details are not clear at the moment. The university has also taken note that the matter is under full police investigation.  - SAnews.gov.za