Medical Students Still Behind Bars

Medical Students Still Behind Bars

Five students from the Walter Sisulu University in Eastern Cape have been remanded in custody following their brief appearance at the Mthatha Magistrate Court yesterday.

First year economics student, Sindile Kango, 21; third-year medical student Yamkela Mxokozeli, 23; fourth-year medical student Siphesihle Mafungwa, 21; third-year education student Philani Danca, 23; and first-year medical student Lwakhe Matakane, 20 stand accused for the death of final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, 27.

It is alleged that the five stabbed the deceased to death at the Nelson Mandela Drive campus’s Atlanta residence during the early hours of Friday 12 May 2017 after a party at the residence. According to eye-witness reports, a fight had broken out between junior medical students and their seniors at the party. It is believed that the junior students then went to the residence the following morning and stabbed three senior students who were injured and hospitalised while Mantshontsho was found in his room, lying in a pool of his blood.

Mantshontsho's death prompted a request by a shocked South African Medical Association (SAMA) for the Presidency and Higher Education Ministry to open an inquiry into the problems at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.

The five are due to appear for a formal bail application on Thursday 25 May 2017.

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