Student stabber out of hospital
THE University of Zululand student who was brutally attacked by an angry student mob after allegedly killing his roommate on campus last Sunday, was released from hospital this week, but remains in police custody.
Charged with murder, Sbonelo Mbatha (20) briefly appeared at the Mtunzini Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. The case was remanded to next Tuesday for a formal bail application.
Mbatha reportedly stabbed to death first year education student Sazi Ngubo (20) inside their dorm room at eSiphetho Residence on the KwaDlangezwa campus.
Reports suggest the duo had a heated argument about water before the fatal stabbing
Ngubo died at the scene, after which Mbatha was brutally attacked by a group of students.
He was taken to Ngwelezana Hospital in a critical condition and remained under police guard until his release.
The incident unleashed a fountain of safety concerns from students living inside and outside campus, demanding the institution beef up security.
‘This is not just about students attacking each other, but about people from outside entering the institution without being identified,’ said student Sabelo Mchunu.
Other students said poor lighting on campus made walking to the main gate at night very dangerous.
‘The area is not fenced and not safe for students, especially females,’ said Sanele Masuku.
Other issues raised by students were security checks at residential buildings.
Asked about the implementation of improved security measures on campus, Unizulu Communications and Marketing Director Gcina Nhleko-Mdluli said once the action plan has been finalised and adopted, it will be communicated to all stakeholders.