- A PhD student took his own life after his application to study was rejected after his study permit expired in January
- The University of Witwatersrand said that they could not legally register Philip Chuma without a valid study permit
- Chuma had been in constant communication with the Department of Home Affairs while his documentation was being processed
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JOHANNESBURG - A Zimbabwean national who was studying at the University of Witwatersrand committed suicide after his registration for the academic year was rejected.
Philip Chuma took his own life over the weekend when his registration was rejected after his study permit had expired in January.
Chuma had been described as a dedicated student who had studied at the university over the last five years.
He was in regular contact with the Department of Home Affairs while his documentation was being processed.
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The university said that legally they could not register students without a valid study permit. The university had registered 2 020 international students in 2022.
New Zimbabwe reported that Chuma's body would be repatriated to Zimbabwe by the university.
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Source: Briefly News