- A third-year student from Walter Sisulu University apparently fell from a balcony and passed away on Saturday evening
- The police are still investigating the matter and the death is currently being reported as an accident
- University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo is saddened by the news and how it will affect the student's family
On Saturday night, a third-year student at Walter Sisulu University died after falling from a balcony on the Nelson Mandela Drive campus in Mthatha. The 23-year-old student was killed in an incident that occurred in a recently remodelled women's apartment.
The university reported on Sunday that a third-year Bachelor's degree student in Further Education and Training had fallen from the fifth floor of the Chumani House at around 9pm.
According to preliminary information from security staff on campus, the student's death was an accident with no other individuals involved, according to university spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo, in a report by TimesLIVE.
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"A third-year Bachelor of Education male student fell from the fifth floor of his residence at Chumani at our Nelson Mandela Drive site. The student was pronounced dead on-site and police were called in and they [are] also investigating the matter," said Tukwayo, according to SABC News.
"We have had the unfortunate task of having to inform the family of the deceased student that their child has now passed on.”
In other mainstream news, Briefly News reported that CIT heists have spiked across South Africa and daily attacks are being reported. Cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies have increased across South Africa with heists taking place almost daily.
A number of attacks have taken place which made headlines in Gauteng and the Western Cape. A national task team has been set up by the police to take steps to stop the attacks. The security industry is concerned by the current trend.
Fidelity Security Services, Charnel Hattingh, said that the attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated with highly organised syndicates targeting CIT vans, according to the SABC. Fidelity's internal investigation teams are working with the police.
Hattingh said that the poor economic environment and high unemployment have exacerbated the situation.
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